Popular stage and screen actor best known for the much-loved television series The Sweeney, Minder and New Tricks

Dennis Waterman, who has died suddenly aged 74

In 1961, he appeared on the West End stage.

At the Adelphi Theatre, he lead the first act closing performance in Meredith Willson's The Music Man.

He is inextricably linked to two of the most popular television shows of all time.

the Metropolitan police tackling violent crime and armed robbery

Waterman was a tough nut who was unmistakably and always a south Londoner.

Minder is a sitcom that is more than a serious crime drama.

He played a retired police officer alongside James Bolam and Alun Armstrong.

He and Thaw had to deal with an overbearing detective chief inspector.

His main activities were ladies and football.

Three of Dennis' sisters went on to work in the Los Angeles film industry.