'The Professionals' Star Lewis Collins Dies, Aged 67, Following Five-Year Battle With Cancer

Lewis Collins has died in Los Angeles, aged 67.

The actor, who starred as one of TV's 'The Professionals' alongside Martin Shaw and Gordon Jackson, died yesterday, following a five-year struggle with cancer.

His agent said: "He died peacefully at his LA home surrounded by his family. Privacy is asked for at this very sad time."

'The Professionals' starred Martin Shaw, Gordon Jackson and Lewis Collins

'The Professionals' was based on the adventures of an elite crime-fighting unit called CI5 - which sat somewhere between 'The Sweeney' and 'Spooks' - and made household names of Lewis Collins and Martin Shaw.

'The Professionals' made huge stars of Martin Shaw and Lewis Collins

With its memorable theme tune and energetic action sequences, it was seen as the British answer to 'Starsky and Hutch', with both Collins and Shaw becoming two of the leading sex symbols of the era.

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Collins's other most notable role came in 1982's 'Who Dares Wins', when he played a member of the SAS.

He was born on Merseyside and worked as a bass guitarist in local bands and as a hairdresser before getting into acting.