British actor Richard Briers, an avuncular comic presence on TV and movie screens for decades, died Sunday, Feb. 17, at his London home, his agent, Christopher Farrar, said. A former heavy smoker, Mr. Briers had suffered from emphysema.
Mr. Briers starred in the 1970s sitcom The Good Life as Tom Good, a man who decides to quit the urban rat race for a life of self-sufficiency in suburbia.
The show, which aired in the United States as Good Neighbors, contrasted the back-to-the land Goods with their conventional neighbors the Leadbetters. The sitcom made stars of its core cast - Mr. Briers, Felicity Kendal, Penelope Keith, and Paul Eddington.