'Minder' star Dennis Waterman dies

Dennis Waterman on the set of Minder, circa 1989. Photo by TV Times via Getty Images
Dennis Waterman on the set of Minder, circa 1989. Photo by TV Times via Getty Images
Dennis Waterman, a British actor famous for his roles in TV shows "The Sweeney", "Minder" and "New Tricks", has died, his family said in a statement reported by media.

Waterman, who started acting as a child, became a household name playing Detective Sergeant George Carter in police series "The Sweeney" in the 1970s, followed by the role of Terry McCann in the hit comedy-drama "Minder" for a decade from 1979.

"We are deeply saddened to announce that our beloved Dennis passed away very peacefully in hospital in Spain," his family said in the statement.

Waterman was 74.

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