Chitty Bang Bang star Lionel Jeffries passes away

Friday February 19, 2010

Actor and film director Lionel Jeffries has died at a nursing home in Dorset, his family has announced.

Best known for his role as Grandpa Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Lionel paved a career for himself which spanned from film, to television and theatre.

Born in London in 1926, the actor served in Burma during World War II and later blamed the country's humidity for his hair loss

"He was a total dear to work with," says actress Jenny Agutter, who starred alongside him in The Railway Children.

"He very much created a family on set."

Photo: Getty Images

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