Fans pay tribute to Peter Wyngarde’s flamboyant dress sense
The star once said that, when it came to the wardrobe, it was “difficult to separate” him from his best-known character.
Alongside his acting roles, Peter Wyngarde was known as the best-dressed man in Britain.
He beat singer Cliff Richard and football star George Best to the award in the 1970s.
On TV, he was famed for his role as suave womaniser and writer turned sleuth Jason King.
And the actor said that, when it came to his wardrobe, it was “difficult to separate” him from his famously flamboyantly dressed character, with his moustache, frilly shirts and wide-lapelled three-piece suits.
He once said that it had “cost me a small fortune” to have his suits and overcoats made.
His character is said to have inspired actor Mike Myers’ look for Austin Powers.
And on Twitter, fans have been remembering the actor’s dress sense.
@skweatherall wrote: “RIP Peter Wyngarde. Now there’s no suave left in the world.”
RIP Peter Wyngarde. Now there’s no suave left in the world..... pic.twitter.com/addBmjlUP1— Wobblegob (@skweatherall) January 18, 2018
@Si_Hart wrote: “Peter Wyngarde has died. The world seems less flamboyant this morning.”
Peter Wyngarde has died. The world seems less flamboyant this morning.— Simon Hart (@Si_Hart) January 18, 2018
So Peter Wyngarde has sadly passed away. My main recollection of him is of course Jason King of Department S. He was also satirised brilliantly in my favourite Comic Strip Presents episode, Detectives on the edge of a nervous breakdown, by Peter Richardson. Indeed deedy pic.twitter.com/g7fm36RMIw— Darren Goldsby (@dmgoldsby) January 18, 2018
Oh, Peter Wyngarde. To me, you’ll always be the menacing, silky-voiced Klytus, forever saving Ming the Merciless from boredom. An extraordinary performance in an amazing film. RIP. #FlashGordon pic.twitter.com/bwApKDg9p8— Trevor Baxendale (@trevorbaxendale) January 18, 2018
Actor and screenwriter Mark Gatiss was also among those to pay tribute.
From wartime internment alongside JG Ballard to Klytus. With No.2, Baron Gruner, Professor Norman Taylor, Peter Quint and Gloucester bus station in between. What a life. What a legend. Jason King is dead. Long live Jason King! #peterwyngarde pic.twitter.com/GX6AENMRZY— Mark Gatiss (@Markgatiss) January 18, 2018
He wrote: “What a life. What a legend. Jason King is dead. Long live Jason King!”
Wyngarde, who has died aged 90, was also known for roles in Flash Gordon, The Avengers, The Saint, The Prisoner and Doctor Who: Planet Of Fire.