Butterflies actor Bruce Montague has died at the age of 83, his agent has confirmed. The actor who also starred in Doctor Who and Hollyoaks will be ‘sorely missed’. Talent Agency Belfield and Ward announced the sad news, writing: ‘We are very sad to report that the glorious Bruce Montague has passed away.
He acted in over 300 TV productions during his packed career with the first being in 1965 when he landed a role in the sci-fi drama Undermind. The TV legend also had an incredibly successful career on stage with performances as Mr Brownlow in Oliver! and Firman in The Phantom of the Opera.
More recently, he portrayed Abner Dillon in a UK tour of 42nd Street, returning to the role for the major 2017 West End revival at Theatre Royal Drury Lane. He went on to appear in the Savoy production of Funny Girl opposite Sheridan Smith and Darius Danesh who tragically died at the age of 41 last week.
‘Such a gentleman and he will be sorely missed. What a talent and what a career on stage and screen! From Butterflies to more recently Funny Girl and 42nd St. Bruce famously played Leonard Dunn in the sitcom Butterflies.
Bruce was married to fellow actress Barbara Latham who was best known for her role in the 1969 TV movie The Alpha Plan. The couple had two children, Sam, a director of photography, and Kate, an artist and resided in Hove.
Bruce’s co-star Joel Montague was left in shock on hearing the news of his passing and took to his Instagram to share a heartfelt tribute. ‘Sad couple of days for the Funny Girl Family!!!! RIP Bruce Montague what a wonderful man he was #ripbruce.’
American film actor Maxwell Caulfield took to Twitter on Thursday and penned: ‘A truly darling man #BruceMontague and the very essence of an actor laddie ‘So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see/so long lives this, and this gives life to thee.’
‘Bruce was a darling man and a glorious actor and will be greatly missed. Sincere condolences to all his family and friends.’ Another said: ‘Very sorr last time spent and talked on a Birmingham to London train journey good man.’
‘I love Butterflies whenever I have seen it, RIP Bruce Montague,’ a third commented. Paying their respects another follower penned: ‘Very sad news indeed – this 80s child will always remember him as Leonard in Butterflies & the deposed Shah in Whoops Apocalypse. God Rest His Soul, Always.’
While a fifth recalled: ‘Bruce was a lovely man, when I was managing the theatre royal in Brighton in the 90s we socialised a lot, great fun to be with.’