Heartbeat Actor Walter Frederick George Williams, Commonly Known as Bill Maynard, Dies at 89

by Shariq Vohra

Walter Frederick George Williams, better known as Bill Maynard, has died after falling off a mobility scooter, on March 30, 2018.

Maynard’s real name was Walter Frederick George Williams. (Photo by Fiona Hanson – PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)

Jacqueline Reddin, Bill Maynard’s daughter in law, said that the 89-year-old actor passed away after he had broken his hip after falling from his mobility scooter.

Jacqueline called his father in law “larger than life” and said, “He just loved showbiz. He was so proud of the fact that he had been working for 81 years.”

Bill Maynard was known for his role as Claude Jeremiah Greengrass in the famous TV Series ‘Heartbeat’, from 1992 to 2000. He started acting under the surname ‘Maynard’, which he had inspired from a famous confectionery in Britain, called Maynard’s.

He had gotten his stage surname from a confectionery’s name. (Source: Instagram/slinkyx2)

Bill Maynard starred in seven episodes of the ‘Heartbeat’ spinoff by the name of ‘The Royal”. (Photo by Tony Harris – PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)

Bill Maynard was also a popular character in the ‘Carry On’ films – ‘Carry On At Your Convenience’, ‘Carry On Henry’ and ‘Carry On Dick’ – from 1970 to 1974.

He also starred in the TV show ‘In Sickness and in Health’ as Bert Luscombe between 1985 and 1992. He was also part of a 2003 ‘Heartbeat’ spin-off, ‘The Royal’, as Claude Jeremiah Greengrass.

Actor Bill Maynard died after falling off a mobility scooter. (Photo by Tony Harris – PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)

His latest film, ‘The Moorside’, came in 2016. (Source: Instagram/ Hunky Dory Parties)

His latest film, ‘The Moorside’, came out in 2016, in which appeared for a brief period of time and played the role of Cecil.

Bill Maynard also got his autobiography published in November 1975, titled ‘The Yo-Yo Man’, and then again in 1997, by the name of ‘Stand Up…And Be Counted’.

Apart from his acting career spanning eight decades, Bill also had a career in singing. He won the second position at the Eurovision Song Contest of 1957 in Britain.

Bill died a while after he had broken his hip after falling from his mobility scooter. (Photo by Fiona Hanson – PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)

He also tried his luck in politics, when he stood independently in the by-election of Chesterfield in 1984 against Tony Benn.

Additionally, he was a radio presenter on the BBC Radio Leicester in 1968, and then later in March 2003, on his 60th anniversary of appearing on television.

He said, at that time, “I am delighted to be still in the entertainment industry doing what I love most – 76 years since I began my career. I have had an amazing career and I consider myself to be very lucky to still have the energy and enthusiasm to take on new work.”

Bill was also a radio presenter on the BBC Radio Leicester in 1968 and in March 2003. (Source: Instagram/Bamlett & Lunny’s RIP service)

Bill with the cast of the TV series Heatbeat. (Photo by Fiona Hanson – PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)

The multimillionaire married Muriel Linnett in November 1949, but unfortunately, she died in 1983. Later in 1989, he married Tonia Bern.



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