Jason King star Peter Wyngarde has died at the age of 90, his agent has confirmed.
The actor was best known for his role as sleuth Jason King in Department S and its spin-off.
A heartthrob in his day, he also enjoyed numerous stage roles and appeared as Klytus in Flash Gordon and as Timanov in Doctor Who: Planet Of Fire.
“I sometimes nicknamed him the King because he simply knew everything.
“He was a mentor on everything you can think of, from sports cars to how to make a good cup of tea and how to do a tie and shirt.
“As a person he was the most exceptional person I met in my life and a great mentor and teacher.”
Wyngarde signed his contract for Department S on a napkin in a restaurant and went on to make the character his own.
His agent said the actor had roles and personal appearances coming up and that he died in hospital on Monday, having been unwell for a couple of months.