Irish actor and director who had his breakout role as Inspector Bert Lynch on the English series Z-Cars. His other credits include Birds of a Feather, Lovejoy, and Boon.
He performed in stage productions with the Ulster Group Theatre in the 1950s.
He became known for his roles in the thrillers Re-Animator and Priest.
He had three children with his first wife Beth Ellis and he had one son with his second wife Robina Ellis.
He acted alongside Robert Lindsay in the 1990s comedy series Nightingales.