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'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' actor dies at 83

Dean Gray

Published 20/02/2010 | 05:00

BRITISH actor and film director Lionel Jeffries (pictured), who wrote the screenplay for and directed 'The Railway Children', has died at the age of 83, his agent said yesterday.

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The London-born actor had a long career spanning theatre, film and television.

"He passed away this morning, following a long illness," said the agent's spokeswoman.

One of Mr Jeffries' best-known appearances was in the 1968 film 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang', in which he played Dick Van Dyke's father.

Film director Michael Winner said: "He had an extraordinary talent for eccentric comedy. He was a fantastic actor and a great professional."

Irish Independent

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