Butterflies actor Bruce Montague has passed away

Butterflies star Bruce Montague dies

  • The actor who also starred in Doctor Who and Hollyoaks will be ‘dearly missed’
  • Talent Agency Belfield and Ward announced the sad news, writing: ‘We are very sad to announce the passing of the glorious Bruce Montague
  • They added: ‘Such a gentleman and he will be sorely missed. What a talent and what a career on stage and on screen’
  • He appeared in the Savoy production of Funny Girl opposite Sheridan Smith and Darius Danesh, who died tragically last week at the age of 41.
  • Bruce was married to fellow actress Barbara Latham, who was best known for her role in the 1969 TV movie The Alpha Plan.

Butterflies actor Bruce Montague has died aged 83, his agent has confirmed.

The actor who also starred in Doctor Who and Hollyoaks will be “dearly missed.”

Talent Agency Belfield and Ward announced the sad news, writing: ‘We are very sad to announce that the glorious Bruce Montague has passed away.

Sad: Butterflies star Bruce Montague has passed away: Doctor Who and Hollyoaks actor has died aged 83 as cop paid tribute to ‘gent who will be sorely missed’ (photo in 2015)

‘Such a gentleman and he will be sorely missed. What a talent and what a career on stage and on screen! From Butterflies to more recently Funny Girl and 42nd St.

“Rest, dearest man!”

Bruce played the famous Leonard Dunn in the sitcom Butterflies.

He acted in more than 300 TV productions during his busy career, the first being in 1965 when he landed a part in the sci-fi drama Undermind.

TV star: Bruce played the famous Leonard Dunn in the sitcom Butterflies.

TV star: Bruce played the famous Leonard Dunn in the sitcom Butterflies.

RIP: Talent Agency Belfield and Ward announced the sad news on Twitter on Wednesday

RIP: Talent Agency Belfield and Ward announced the sad news on Twitter on Wednesday

The TV legend also had an incredibly successful career on stage with appearances as Mr Brownlow in Oliver! and Firman in The Phantom of the Opera.

More recently he played Abner Dillon on a UK tour of 42nd Street, returning to the role for the big West End revival in 2017 at Theater Royal Drury Lane.

He next appeared in the Savoy production of Funny Girl opposite Sheridan Smith and Darius Danesh, who died tragically last week at the age of 41.

'Stage dad:' Bruce's co-star Joel Montague was shocked upon hearing the news of his passing and took to his Instagram to share a heartfelt tribute

‘Stage dad:’ Bruce’s co-star Joel Montague was shocked upon hearing the news of his passing and took to his Instagram to share a heartfelt tribute

Co-stars: Bruce appeared in the Savoy production of Funny Girl opposite Sheridan Smith and Darius Danesh - who died tragically last week at the age of 41 (pictured in 2018)

Co-stars: Bruce appeared in the Savoy production of Funny Girl opposite Sheridan Smith and Darius Danesh – who died tragically last week at the age of 41 (pictured in 2018)

Bruce’s co-star Joel Montague was left in shock upon hearing the news of his passing and took to his Instagram to share a heartfelt tribute.

He posted a photo of the couple together, calling him his ‘stage dad’ and writing: ‘Can’t believe this!!!

‘A few sad days for the Funny Girl Family!!!! RIP Bruce Montague (No relation, but I did call him my stage father) what a great man he was #ripbruce.’

Heartwarming: American film actor Maxwell Caulfield took to Twitter on Thursday to pay tribute to the actor

Heartwarming: American film actor Maxwell Caulfield took to Twitter on Thursday to pay tribute to the actor

Icon: The legendary stage actor has starred in over 300 television productions, including a starring role in Whoops Apocalypse as Shah Massiq Rassim

Icon: The legendary stage actor has starred in over 300 television productions, including a starring role in Whoops Apocalypse as Shah Massiq Rassim

Back on stage: Bruce portrayed Abner Dillon on a UK tour of 42nd Street, returning to the role for the big West End revival in 2017 at Theater Royal Drury Lane (pictured with actress Sheena Easton who dubbed Dorothy Brock)

Back on stage: Bruce portrayed Abner Dillon on a UK tour of 42nd Street, returning to the role for the big West End revival in 2017 at Theater Royal Drury Lane (pictured with actress Sheena Easton who dubbed Dorothy Brock)

Soap Star: Bruce also enjoyed a five-episode run in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks in 2015 (pictured during a musical screening in 2019)

Soap Star: Bruce also enjoyed a five-episode run in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks in 2015 (pictured during a musical screening in 2019)

Bruce was married to fellow actress Barbara Latham, who was best known for her role in the 1969 TV movie The Alpha Plan.

The couple had two children, Sam, a director of photography, and Kate, an artist and lived in Hove.

American film actor Maxwell Caulfield took to Twitter on Thursday, writing: ‘A really sweet man #BruceMontague and the essence of an actor-laddie’ As long as men can breathe, or eyes can see / So long lives this, and this gives life to you.’

Tributes are pouring in for the late actor, and one heartbroken fan wrote on Twitter: ‘Bruce was a lovely man and a glorious actor and will be greatly missed. Sincere condolences to all his family and friends.’

Emotional: Tributes are pouring in for the late actor since his death was announced

Emotional: Tributes are pouring in for the late actor since his death was announced

Another said: ‘I’m sorry… the last time I spoke on a train journey from Birmingham to London… good man.’

“I love Butterflies when I’ve seen it, RIP Bruce Montague,” remarked a third.

Another follower paid their respects, writing: ‘Very sad news indeed – this ’80s kid will always remember him as Leonard in Butterflies & the deposed Shah in Whoops Apocalypse. God rests his soul, always.’

While a fifth recalled: ‘Bruce was a lovely man, when I ran the Royal Theater in Brighton in the 90s we had a lot of social contacts, great fun to be with.’

Sitcom: Bruce is known for his role in the 1982 six-part television series Whoops Apocalypse

Sitcom: Bruce is known for his role in the 1982 six-part television series Whoops Apocalypse

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