Death of comic wizard a shock

Veteran actor Bill Flynn gave everyone who worked with him a sense of personal achievement and accomplishment, a colleague said yesterday.

Veteran actor Bill Flynn gave everyone who worked with him a sense of personal achievement and accomplishment, a colleague said yesterday.

Artistic director of the Actors Centre at the Civic Theatre in Johannesburg, Steven Feinstein, said Flynn's death was a great shock.

"He had worked very closely with our members in the past. Our actors also felt a sense of connection with him," Feinstein said.

"On behalf of the centre, I send condolences to his family and friends. He will be sorely missed."

The National Democratic Convention (Nadeco) said Flynn was a household name and one of the best South African comedians.

"Nadeco recognises the talent that Bill had. We also mourn with the South African film and arts culture for a son lost," it said.

Flynn, 58, below, died on Wednesday. It was understood that he had suffered a heart attack.

He was a respected and much-loved figure in the entertainment industry.

The DA said Flynn had "brought laughter and enjoyment to thousands of audience members".

"South Africa has lost a versatile and multi-talented stage, film and TV entertainer. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his friends and family at this sad time."

A stage and screen actor, Flynn was known for his roles in films including Heel Against The Head and Running Riot.

His highly successful career includes leading roles in more than 140 stage plays, musicals, 42 films, dozens of TV shows and thousands of radio and TV commercials, says his web site. - Sapa

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