Lewis Collins Used To Be A Hairdresser: A Career In Photos
LEWIS Collins, hairdresser-turned tough-nut actor, has died. Most famous for playing police enforcer William Bodie in the cult 1970s TV series The Professionals, Lewis succumbed to a prolonged battle with cancer.
Lord Grade, who launched the programme in 1977, told the BBC:
“It worked perfectly and the chemistry between the two of them was magic,” he said on Radio 4’s World At One. [Collins] was Bodie – he was a very macho character in real life. He got us into trouble one time where he had a few days off from filming where he went parachute jumping and broke his leg which held up the filming. But what you saw on screen was the same as what you saw off the screen – he was just a big, hunky, macho character with a lovely innocence about him.”
Lewis in The Cuckoo Waltz
With boxer John Conteh, both of Liverpool, leave London for a sponsored walk to their native city. Date: 15/12/1980
Stars of ITV promote the channel’s Christmas schedules. Back row (l-r): Denis Norden, Eric Morecambe, Lewis Collins and Ernie Wise. Front row (l-r): Sally James, Tessa Wyatt and Richard O’Sullivan. Date: 24/12/1980
Tough guy Lewis Collins – Bodie of TV’s The Professionals – who is to star in a 5 million film about the SAS. He will play the hero, Captain Peter Skellen, in “Who Dares Wins”, which will be based on the activities of the crack regiment. Collins, 35, is a part-time soldier in the Parachute Regiment. Date: 20/08/1981
With his girlfriend Marion Sheffield at Heathrow Airport, where they were due to fly to California. Date: 07/07/1981.
Collins married school teacher Michelle Larrett in 1992, and the couple had three sons together, Oliver, Elliot, and Cameron.
Lewis Collins, who appeared at Hendon Magistrates Court accused of discharging a firearm with intent to endanger life. The case was adjourned until May 11th, and Collins was released on bail. Date: 30/03/1981
Princess Alexandra meets the stars of Who Dares Wins, a film about the Special Air Services Regiment, at the charity premiere in London. (l-r) Lewis Collins, Richard Widmark and Ingrid Pitt. Date: 26/08/1982