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CASUALTY STAR LOSES CANCER FIGHT.

ACTOR Simon MacCorkindale, who starred in TV's Casualty, has died after a four-and-a-half-year battle with cancer.

The 58-year-old actor, who had a wide ranging career including six years in the hit BBC medical drama as Dr Harry Harper, died in the arms of his wife, the actress Susan George.

MacCorkindale died at about 10.30pm Thursday night in the London Clinic, Harley Street.

Ms George said: "No-one could have fought this disease any harder than he did since being diagnosed four years ago.

"He fought it with such strength, courage and belief.

"Last night, he lost this battle, and he died peacefully in my arms.

"To me, he was simply the best of everything, and I loved him with all my heart.

"He will live on in me forever."

Born in Cambridge, MacCorkindale at first intended to follow his father into the RAF, but his deteriorating eyesight forced him to choose an alternative career.

He took drama classes and put in much time on the repertory theatre stage, culminating in an appearance in the West End in an acclaimed production of Pygmalion with Alec McCowen and Diana Rigg in 1974.

He went on to appear in TV miniseries such as I, Claudius (1976) and Jesus of Nazareth (1977).

His first major film role was in Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile (1978).

He moved to the US in 1980, and found that his good looks were in demand, from soap operas (Falcon Crest) to dramas (Manimal).

He returned to the UK in 1986 and directed, wrote and produced a number of projects.

Divorced during his early career from actress Fiona Fullerton, he subsequently married Ms George, a former child actor who went on to star in some of the best known films of the 1970s, including Straw Dogs (1971) and Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974).

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