London, England – Celebrity brothers Gary and Martin Kemp paid tribute to acting legend Stephen Lewis after he died at age 88. The acting legend and the brothers worked together in the film The Krays.
Gary Kemp wrote on Twitter that Lewis “was a major part of Joan Littlewood’s revolution, a big part of my childhood and a gentleman to work with.” While his brother Martin Kemp, a Spandau Ballet member, tweeted a sentimental message to show how thankful he is he was able to work with Lewis. Part of it was “… So pleased we worked together on The Krays. My thoughts are with your family and friends!”
After news of his death, tributes from celebrities and fans have poured in for the acting legend. One of the well-known roles he played is Cyril “Blakey” Blake, a lanky ticket inspector character in On The Buses. Many said they will remember him for his madcap expressions, which made On The Buses a hit TV sitcom. Stephen Lewis was instrumental to the success of the sitcom that became a staple in British television. It started in 1969 and concluded in 1973.
“I’ll get you for this, Butler” has become the show’s catchphrase that made Blakey a popular character. In the sitcom, Lewis worked with Reg Varney who played Stan Butler, a wily bus driver, and Bob Grant, who played Jack Harper.
The Last of the Summer Wine is another show that highlights Lewis’ acting career. He played the role “Smiler” Hemingway, a character that have also proven his acting skills. The BBC show ran from 1988 to 2007. This is almost two decades of Lewis being part of every British household’s television.
Stephen Lewis started his acting career under Joan Littlewood at the Theatre Royal Stratford East. His funeral will be at Our Lady Of Lourdes Church, Wanstead on August 25.