'A Clockwork Orange' Actor Warren Clarke Dies at 67

A Clockwork Orange Poster Art - P 2011

A Clockwork Orange Poster Art - P 2011

The U.K. actor played one of Malcolm McDowell's ultra-violent droogs before carving out a name for himself on BBC TV

Warren Clarke, the U.K. actor best remembered on cinema screens for his turn in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, has died. He was 67.

His death was announced by his representatives at the Independent Talent Group, who issued a statement published in The Guardian newspaper that read: "The actor Warren Clarke died peacefully in his sleep on 12 November 2014, after a short illness."

Known for his heavy build, Clarke played thuggish droog Dim led by Malcolm McDowell’s ringleader in the controversial 1971 adaptation. Roles in films including Anthony and Cleopatra (1972), S.O.S. Titanic (1979), Top Secret! (1984) and Ishtar (1987) would follow.

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Clarke later became better recognized to U.K. audiences for his role as grumpy police detective Dalziel in BBC TV series Dalziel and Pasco, which ran from 1996 until 2007. Other notable productions included the 2005 BBC adaptation of Bleak House and one installment of Channel 4’s Red Riding trilogy in 2009, directed by A Theory of Everything helmer James Marsh.

More recently Clarke appeared in BBC dramas Call the Midwife and Down to Earth.