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Who was John Challis?

John Challis, 16 August 1942 – 19 September 2021, was an English actor. He had an extensive television career but is best known for portraying Terrance Aubrey “Boycie” Boyce in the long-running BBC Television sitcom Only Fools and Horses (1981–2003) and its sequel/spin-off The Green Green Grass (2005–2009), as well as Monty Staines from the seventh series onwards in the ITV sitcom Benidorm, from 2015 to 2018.

Only Fools and Horses Star ‘John Challis’ dies after cancer battle

Only Fools and Horses Star 'John Challis' dies after cancer battle
Only Fools and Horses Star ‘John Challis’ dies after cancer battle

Only Fools and Horses star John Challis, best known for playing Boycie, has died at the age of 79 after a long battle with cancer.

He was best known for his portrayal of the second-hand car dealer in the well-loved sitcom with Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst.

He canceled a 30-date speaking tour earlier this month after only one appearance due to ill health.

In a statement to the PA news agency, the family of Challis said: “It is with heavy hearts that we bring you such sad news.

“Our dear friend and yours, John Challis, has died peacefully in his sleep, after a long battle with cancer.

“He will always be loved for being ‘Boycie’ and leaves a great legacy of work that will continue to bring pleasure and smiles for many years to come.

“Please respect the privacy of John’s family and friends at this difficult time, and be assured that in the future there will be an occasion to celebrate John’s life – when everyone will be welcome to come along.”

John Challis’s family said donations in his memory can be made to his chosen animal charities Cuan Wildlife Rescue, Tusk, or the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.

Their statement added: “As Boycie would have said… you know it makes sense!”

John Challis Biography, Wiki

John Challis is an accomplished character actor, personality, and raconteur whose wide-ranging career has gone from classical roles on the stage to heavies in television drama, a multitude of policemen, sitcom stardom, pantomime performances, and even a one-man show.

He wanted to act from a young age but was encouraged to get a “proper” job, so he worked as a trainee estate agent for a short time. He also had a job delivering groceries. He got into acting through a traveling children’s theatre and never attended drama school. Performances in regional repertory theatre followed.

He ended up in the Royal Shakespeare Company during the 1960s and made his television debut in The Newcomers (1965). His imposing physical stature helped him gain roles as police officers in Softly Softly (1966) and Crown Court (1972). He was also cast in a recurring role in the BBC’s long-running police drama Z Cars (1962) as Sergeant Culshaw.

He then played heavies in The Sweeney (1974) and Doctor Who (1963) (both for director Douglas Camfield, who would also later cast him in Beau Geste (1982)). He worked with David Jason for the first time in the sitcom Open All Hours (1976). In 1980, he landed a guest role (as another policeman) in Citizen Smith (1977).

His performance impressed the writer, John Sullivan, so much that he promised he would find another part for him. This led to him being cast as Boycie, the second-hand car salesman, in the first series of Only Fools and Horses (1981). It would go on to become one of the longest-running and most popular sitcoms of all time and Challis would be a regular in it.

In 2005, Challis began starring in a spin-off, The Green Green Grass (2005). In 2011, he released his autobiography, “Being Boycie”, which was followed by “Boycie & Beyond” in 2012. These led to Challis entertaining audiences by touring a one-man show, “Only Fools and Boycie”.

John Challis Biography
John Challis
BornJohn Spurley Challis
16 August 1942
Bristol, England
Died19 September 2021 (aged 79)
EducationOttershaw School
OccupationActor
Years active1964–2021
Spouse(s)Jean Robertson​​(m. 1966, divorced)​
Debbie Arnold​​(m. 1981; div. 1985)​
Sabina Franklyn​​(m. 1987; div. 1988)​
Carol Davies ​(m. 1995)

John Challis Love Life

Carol Challis is the fourth wife of John Challis and is his current wife. They married in 1993 and currently live at Wigmore Abbey’s historic grange house in Wigmore, Herefordshire.

John Challis with his current wife Carol Challis
John Challis with his current wife Carol Challis

Challis does not have any children as of right now but he also said he wishes to have a daughter. Prior to his current marriage, Challis was married Sabina Franklyn that ended in 1988.

His other wife was Debbie Arnold and his first wife, Jean Challis with whom he got divorced. His aunt in Sheffield is his only living relative now.

John Challis Career

John Challis is an English television actor. He had a comprehensive television career but he is popularly known for portraying Terrance Aubrey “Boycie” Boyce in a long time surfing show on BBC Television sitcom Only Fools and Horses (1981–2003).

John Challis in Only Fools and Horses
John Challis in Only Fools and Horses

He also appeared on the sequel of shows like The Green Green Grass (2005-2009) and Monty Staines from its seventh series onwards in the ITV sitcom Benidorm from 2015 to 2018.

John Challis also had a number of stage roles, including with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the 1960s and the National Theatre. Challis started a theatre tour of his one-man show titled Only Fools and Boycie, which charted his life before, during, and after his time as Boycie.

John Challis Net Worth

The exact numbers to John Challis’s net worth have not been unveiled to the public. If his net worth was calculated based on his work, his net worth could be over 1 million dollars. Working on over 50 shows in his career, John must have earned a satisfactory amount of money.

His salary is supposed to be over $500,000 annually. He has yet to address any data about his assets nor investment in any market. So the estimated value may not be exactly like his real numbers.

Some Lesser Known Facts About John Challis

  • John Challis is an English television actor.
  • His sun sign is Leo.
  • He is suffering from v=cancer since 2019.
  • John Challis did over 50 shows in his career.
  • Challis has written two volumes of autobiography, Being Boycie and Boycie & Beyond.
  • He always wanted to have a daughter.

John Challis FAQ’s

Who was John Challis?

John Challis, 16 August 1942 – 19 September 2021, was an English actor. He had an extensive television career but is best known for portraying Terrance Aubrey “Boycie” Boyce in the long-running BBC Television sitcom Only Fools and Horses (1981–2003) and its sequel/spin-off The Green Green Grass (2005–2009), as well as Monty Staines from the seventh series onwards in the ITV sitcom Benidorm, from 2015 to 2018.

What was John Challis famous for?

He was best known for his portrayal of the second-hand car dealer in the well-loved sitcom with Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst.

What is John Challis’s net worth?

Around $1 Million.

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