Actor Simon MacCorkindale dies at 58

Fri Oct 15, 2010 7:11pm EDT
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By Mimi Turner

LONDON (Hollywood Reporter) - "Falcon Crest" actor and longtime British star Simon MacCorkindale has died at the age of 58 after a long struggle with cancer, his agent Max Clifford said Friday.

MacCorkindale, who played British lawyer Greg Reardon in the '80s soap -- which also starred Jane Wyman, Lorenzo Lamas and Mel Ferrer -- appeared in "Death on the Nile" and spent six years on the British medical drama "Casualty."

The actor died Thursday night surrounded by his family in a private Harley Street clinic. He had been diagnosed with bowel cancer four years ago, and it spread to his liver.

His wife, the actress Susan George, said he had fought valiantly against the ravages of the disease.

"He fought it with such strength, courage and belief. Last night, he lost this battle, and he died peacefully in my arms ... to me, he was simply the best of everything, and I loved him with all my heart."