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Bill star George Rossi has died at the age of 60. The actor played DC Duncan Lennox in the ITV drama for 20 years. His death was announced in a statement from his niece on social media.
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Rossi died on Wednesday January 5th, and his niece Louisa wrote that he was an actor “until recently”. The cause of his death is unknown.
Sad news: Bill’s star George Rossi has died at the age of 60. The actor played the role of DC Duncan Lennox in the ITV drama for 20 years (pictured in 2006)
“Unfortunately, George Rossi, who played the role of DC Duncan Lennox, passed away on the morning of January 5, 2022,” wrote Louise on Twitter.
“He’s my uncle,” she added. “He was acting until recently. Unfortunately he passed away yesterday morning.
The actor leaves behind his wife Catrine Rossi, whom he married in 1988, and their two children Santino and Mathilde.
Born in Glasgow, George made his debut in The Bill in 1993 and starred in nearly 200 episodes over the next 20 years.
His character first appeared in a 1993 episode before returning as a regular series star in 1998. In 2003 he left the drama.
He also appeared on a number of other well-known television shows including Taggart and the first two Whitechapel series between 2009 and 2010 with fellow detective DC McCormack.
“Warm colleague”: Rossi played Lennox for 20 years before leaving the ITV soap opera in 2003 (pictured far right with The Bill co-stars, including second-rate friend Billy Murray. Left)
Fan Favorite: Her character first appeared in a 1993 episode before returning as a regular series appearance in 1998 (pictured as Lennox).
Rossi was born in Govan, Glasgow, was of Italian descent and worked in their ice cream truck with his family. He was educated at the East 15 Acting School in Debden, Essex.
George also starred in the 1984 film Comfort and Joy with his brother Peter and appeared as Kevin in Roughnecks.
The actor appeared in the medical dramas Holby City and Casualty as well as in the television series The Singing Detective and starred in 1983 on the side of Peter Riegert, Denis Lawson and Fulton Mackay in the comedy Local Hero.
In 2013 George appeared as Gianpaolo Albertini on the BBC soap opera Doctors and in 2011 he played the role of Marco in Hustle.
Tribute: Billy Murray, who played Don Beech in The Bill from 1995 to 2004, tweeted that Rossi was “a fun, warm-hearted colleague of The Bill and a good actor.”
Memories: Actor Ben Peyton recalled sharing scenes with the popular actor in his early days as Ben Hayward on The Bill
During his career he has played alongside big names like Jean Reno, Chris O’Donnell and Sandra Bullock.
His last project was that of David in the film Le Cineaste A Directors Journey, which he directed in 2020.
Billy Murray, who played Don Beech in The Bill from 1995 to 2004, tweeted a tribute on Friday, writing, “Devastated to hear #GeorgeRossi has died. A fun and welcoming colleague at The Bill and a good actor. 60 years ageless RIP my friend.
Actor Ben Peyton, who played Ben Hayward in The Bill from 2000 to 2003, remembered Rossi being “a gentleman” on set and tweeted, “I remember when I started and we had to talk to each other in the background of a scene before we went out of the field and he continued the scene.
“I would always tell you, sir, when I left, even though we were of the same rank (PC and DC). I had no idea and assumed he was my boss. I must have said it about five or six times before someone pointed it out to me. Why didn’t you tell me I said. Because it was funny, he laughed.
Actress Tracie Bennett, who has appeared alongside Rossi on The Bill and several other television series, tweeted her condolences, writing, “RIP George Rossi. I can not believe it. We always laughed until we cried. Also a very sweet and wonderful man. Stayed too young. Condolences to the family. Do well my dear “