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ACTOR Anthony Valentine, who became a huge star in the 1970s and 80s in the Yorkshire-made drama series Raffles, Airline and Justice, has died aged 76. Valentine also played the ruthless criminal Toby Meres in the Edward Woodward series Callan, and, most famously, the sneering Major Mohn in the BBC’s Colditz. It was at Yorkshire TV in Leeds that he met his future wife, actress Susan Skipper, while filming the Raffles drama series, an adaptation of the EW Hornung stories about a gentleman thief in turn-of-the-century London. Ms Skipper said: “Tony was my best friend and it was a privilege to know, love and care for him. He came to national attention as the Luftwaffe Officer Horst Mohn in the hugely popular Colditz series and was lured to YTV’s Leeds studios to play Raffles the following year.
His agent Derek Webster said despite his failing health in his last years his sense of humor never deserted him and he continued to live an active life.