Actor Sam Kelly Dies at 70

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The actor, who passed away of illness on Saturday, was featured in World War II sitcom "'Allo 'Allo" and the BBC series "Porridge."

Sam Kelly, a British actor whose career in television, theater and film spanned four decades, died Saturday. He was 70. 

Kelly "died peacefully on Saturday morning after a long illness bravely fought," his manager, Lynda Ronan, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter

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The actor is remembered for his role on the 1980's British World War II sitcom 'Allo 'Allo, in which he played German Captain Hans Geering. He also was featured in the 1974 BBC prison system series Porridge

Kelly's numerous other credited roles on British television series include turns in Now and Then, Haggard, On the TopBarbara and miniseries Holding On. In film, his recent credits include Nanny McPhee Returns (2010) and Common People (2013).

"He does not leave any family but a host of friends who were his chosen family. His death is a great loss to them and the profession," Ronan said in the statement.