Actor Jake D’Arcy – best known for his roles in hit film Gregory’s Girl and cult sitcom Still Game – has died.
The Scottish actor had a career stretching back to the early 1970s and recently appeared in the 2014 film What We Did On Our Holiday, starring David Tennant.
He was well known for his role as Pete the Jakey in the BBC series Still Game, centred around the lives of Scots pensioners Jack and Victor in the fictional town of Craiglang.
D’Arcy also had a star turn as football coach Phil Menzies in the 1981 comedy film Gregory’s Girl.
Celebrities today paid tribute to the actor, who also appeared in the TV series Taggart, Rab C Nesbitt and Tutti Frutti.
Still Game star and co-writer Greg Hemphill wrote: “Jake will be hugely missed. Laughs came so easy for him. We were lucky to have him in our show. The Craiglang streets won’t be the same.”
Gavin Mitchell, who plays Boabby in the same show, tweeted: “Such sad news to hear of the passing of Jake D’Arcy today. Great actor, lovely man and one of our own. RIP.”
Taggart actor Colin McCredie said on Twitter: “I grew up watching Jake D’Arcy and had the pleasure to work with him many times.”
Sanjeev Kohli, who played Navid in Still Game, said the country has lost one of its best actors.
He tweeted: “Sad news about Jake D’Arcy … Scotland has lost one of its finest actors. Pete the Jakey has nicked his last banana. Rest in piece fella.”