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Apr 27, 2011, 1:37 PM
Welsh actor Islwyn Morris, best known to many TV viewers for portraying Idris in the 1990 BBC Wales comedy Satellite City, died Tuesday. He was 90.
Welsh television actor Islwyn Morris dies at 90
Morris voiced the title role in "King March: A Story from Wales," an episode of the Emmy-winning 2000 series Animated Tales of the World.
For over 25 years, the Swansea-born actor played the part of David Tushingham in the Welsh-language soap opera Pobol y Cwm.
"I worked with Islwyn on Satellite City for six years," said series writer Boyd Clack, who also starred in the program. Islwyn was a great actor, a great man, it was an honor to have known him and worked with him.
"He played my father in Satellite City. I lost my father when I was young, and I thought of him in a few ways as being a father figure. For the first time, he became recognized by people in Wales -- he thought it was funny, he quite enjoyed it," Clack added.
"He was very much a family man, and his faith meant a lot to him. Being with him was a constant pleasure."
Morris started his acting career in repertory theater. Among his early TV credits were Z Cars and The District Nurse.
BBC Wales director Keith Jones described him as one of Wales' most loved actors.
"As 'Tush,' he was one of the defining faces of Pobol y Cwm, alongside characters such as Bella and Harri Parry," he said.
"He brought warmth and subtle comedy to this role and many other roles for the BBC. In recent years, he became popular with a new and different audience through the comedy series Satellite City and High Hopes.
"I'd like to pay tribute to his artistry and to the great contribution he made to BBC Cymru Wales drama."
Said Bethan Jones, BBC Wales' acting head of drama: "Islwyn Morris was a wonderful actor who created memorable characters, including the very dapper Mr. Tushingham in Pobol y Cwm and the lovable Idris Price in the popular comedy Satellite City.
"Islwyn will always be remembered not only for his notable acting talent, but for also being a true gentleman."
[Via British Broadcasting Corporation -- http://www.bbc.co.uk/...-west-wales-13193781]