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Gareth Hunt (1943 2007)

 

We here at the site were shocked and saddened to hear of the death of the great British character actor Gareth Hunt, who played Mike Gambit in all 26 episodes of The New Avengers. The revival of the classic 1960s show was not totally up to the original 1960s classic, but he was one of the reasons the show did work. Gambit was smart, a sportsman, expert in self-defense and expert driver. Along with Patrick Macnee returning as John Steed and a less-known Joanna Lumley (later of Absolutely Fabulous) as Purdey, they were a trio with chemistry that had their moments.

 

Hunt also did a popular coffee TV ad in the U.K., was Frederick Norton - The Footman in early episodes of Upstairs, Downstairs, showed up in the Pet Shop Boys Music Video, as well as classic TV shows like Dr. Who, Space: 1999, The EastEnders, a 1997 Adventures Of Robin Hood TV series and was the main spy in the theatrical film The Man From S.E.X. in 1980. A real talent, he was always a plus wherever he appeared and will be greatly missed, especially leaving us so soon. The culprit was pancreatic cancer. He was 65 years old.

 

You can read about his days as Gambit at the following links:

 

New Avengers 1976

http://www.fulvuedrive-in.com/review/84/New+Avengers+1976+Set+One

 

New Avengers 1977

http://www.fulvuedrive-in.com/review/1313/New+Avengers+1977+Set+Two

 


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