BBC: Clive Swift dies, age 82:
Actor Clive Swift, known to millions as Hyacinth Bucket's hen-pecked husband Richard in BBC One's 90s sitcom Keeping Up Appearances, has died aged 82.The Mirror: Keeping Up Appearances...a role Swift almost didn't take.
He spent six years playing Richard opposite Dame Patricia Routledge.
The role saw him patiently tolerate her ham-fisted and invariably thwarted attempts at social climbing.
But fans might not know the much-loved star almost didn't take the role that made him a household name.Rest In Peace, Mr. Swift. For there is no other actor, living or dead, who could have come close to his marked perfection playing the role of Richard Bucket...er, Boo-kay.
The classically trained actor, who enjoyed a 50 year career across theatre, film and television, also said the show was the only 'proper money' he'd ever earned.
Clive Swift 1936-2019