Z Cars star Jeremy Kemp dies aged 84 after health struggles

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JEREMY Kemp has passed away at the age of 84.

Actor Jeremy Kemp, best known for his role in Z Cars, has passed away at the age of 84. 

A member of the original cast, he played the role of PC Bob Steele in the classic 60s TV show. 

He reportedly passed away earlier this month on July 19, after battling “considerable health issues” for some time. 

Born Edmund Jeremy James Walker in Derbyshire, he started his career in the army, becoming a lieutenant in the Black Watch 

After leaving the military service, he studying acting before winning a scholarship to the Radio Drama Company. 

Though he enjoyed a number of onscreen roles throughout the 60s and 70s, his most memorable was undoubtedly his part in the police drama Z Cars. 

Following a crew of coppers in a fictional suburb of Liverpool, it was a hit with UK viewers. 

Kemp’s role as Bob Steele famously turned down by Michael Caine before it was offered to him in 1962. 

His character was brought in by the local police force to take down a crimewave that had hit the housing estates of the region. 

Kemp left the show after the second season, as he reportedly disliked wearing a police uniform and feared being typecast. 

More than a decade later, in 1978, he returned to the show to take part in the last-ever episode, playing a vagrant.

Following that, the Brit actor appeared in a number of TV and theatre productions, with a brief role in the 90s romantic comedy Four Weddings and a Funeral. 

He also played Robert Picard, the older brother of Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

According to reports, his health declined after the death of his partner, Christopher Harter.

Kemp is survived by his two sisters. 

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