Friday Night Dinner star Harry Landis dies at 90

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Harry Landis is a veteran actor, who gained prominence Mr Morris in Channel 4's Friday Night Dinner from 2012 to 2014.

The British actor and director, who is best known for playing barber Felix Kawalski in EastEnders, passed away on Monday, aged 90, according to Standard.

Harry Landis's passing

The news of Harry Landish’s death, a devoted actor and director, has made EastEnders fans choked up out of sadness. His demise was announced by his agent at Sharry Clark Artists. They public the sad news on Facebook in an utterly sorrowful manner:

'Sad news. Our lovely client Harry Landis has passed to spirit.’
Friday Night Dinner star Harry Landis dies at 90

Harry Landis was an England-born actor and director. He had dedicated over sixty years of his life to theatre, film, and television, which helped him become a household name and even an inspiration to the audience. His most famous character was Felix Kawalski of the opera show EastEnders from 1995 and 1997. Besides, he also caught the public attention by appearing on the sitcom show Friday Night Dinner on Channel 4, playing Mr. Morris from 2012 to 2014.

Everything people know about this man is that he was so dedicated to his career his whole life and his love life stays forever a mystery. Despite the insatiable curiosity of the mass, we could never find out about his lover or even his wife, in case he had ever married.

Tributes have been paid to Landis

Hearing about the actor’s death, many fans have so far paid tribute to the 90-years-old via the Internet.

One wrote:

'Harry had an amazing career and gained a new following in later life as Mr Morris in Friday Night Dinner. It was a privilege to have worked with him as a client. Harry, you will be sadly missed. RIP.'

Actress Tracy-Ann Oberman, who was Harry’s co-worker in Friday Night Dinner between 2011-2020, led the tributes to the actor on Twitter.

‘Bloody loved #HarryLandis. I am so sorry to hear of his passing,’ the actress wrote.

Alongside Tracy, a lot of fans turned to Twitter to express their sadness at the passing of the legendary actor.

Friday Night Dinner star Harry Landis dies at 90

One said: 'RIP Harry Landis. If you haven’t watched Friday Night Dinner, you should do so pronto.

Robert Popper shared his upset at the unfortunate news, praising Harry a ‘brilliantly, funny, wonderful man’ and the show's ‘greatest guest star’.

Harry Landis' long career

Landis was born in London from a poor family where his dad left when he was a baby. Growing up in an underprivileged family, he built a strong responsibility over his own family. He dropped school at 14 and tried multiple jobs from chef to cleaner. His turning point came when he expressed his inborn talent to music and acting, and he was received in the Unity Thetre and then got acceptance from Centra; School of Speech and Drama where he spent three years studying. His first opportunity after finishing drama school was touring in Shakespeare with the Elizabethan Theatre Company.

He marked his debut on television in 1955, in the pilot episode of Dixon of Dock Green.His most well-known shows are Friday Night Dinner and EastEnders. He also stared in Bitter Victory, Edge of Sanity, The Informers, Private Potter, Dunkirk and Operation Bullshine.

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