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Frank Thornton dies at 92; actor played Capt. Peacock on TV comedy ‘Are You Being Served?’

Frank Thornton — the British actor who played Capt. Peacock in the long-running television comedy “Are You Being Served?” — died Saturday at his home in London. He was 92.

His death was confirmed by his agent, David Daly. The cause was not reported.

Mr. Thornton was best known for his comic role in the innuendo-laden sitcom, which ran from the 1970s to 1985. He played a mustachioed, pompous floor manager who oversaw the workers in a department store.

Born in Dulwich, in South London, Mr. Thornton worked in insurance while taking evening classes to become an actor.

He got stage roles and played in London’s West End before serving in the Royal Air Force during World War II.

In the 1950s, while still working in theater, he began to branch into TV comedy. He appeared on “The Benny Hill Show” and other programs and also had a small role in the movie “Carry On Screaming!” (1966).

In the 1970s — with the success of “Are You Being Served?” — Mr. Thornton became a household name in Britain.

“He was . . .the glue who really held ‘Are You Being Served?’ together,” said the show’s co-creator, Jeremy Lloyd.

Mr. Thornton later became known for his part in another long-running television comedy series, “Last of the Summer Wine.” He made appearances in dozens of movies, including “No Sex Please, We’re British” (1973) and “Gosford Park” (2001).

— From wire and staff reports

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