The actor and comedian John Sessions, who died of a heart attack at the age of 67, was honored. This was announced today.
John Gibb Marshall, better known by his stage name John Sessions, passed away yesterday at his south London home, his agent confirmed.
The comedian is best known for appearing on panel shows such as Whose Line is it Anyway ?, Have I Got News For You, and QI, as well as making numerous appearances in British and Hollywood films.
He was not married and had no children, but was a loving uncle to the children of his siblings and his three daughters and five god-sons.
Comedian Ronni Ancona paid tribute to the actor and described him as a "genius" while comedian Robert Webb remembered him as someone who "absolutely inspired me".
John Gibb Marshall, better known by his stage name John Sessions, passed away yesterday at his south London home. Pictured at The Wipers Times Play, London, 2017
The comedian Rory Bremner tweeted: “Christ. Another one. John Sessions. Best of all, he would blow anyone on Whose Line with his speed of thought and reference breadth.
& # 39; Totally fascinated by Hollywood, its characters and stories, brilliant author, ingenious imitation. A flash of brilliance just went out. & # 39;
Actress and comedian Helen Lederer added that Sessions was "such an original force of shrewd wit and talent".
Comedian Rory Bremner shared a tribute and tweeted, “Christ. Another one. John Sessions & # 39;
Actor Samuel West tweeted, “I hate that John left Sessions. World so much better with him in there. & # 39;
The QI team paid tribute to tweeting that Sessions was a panelist on the first episode of the series
Robert Webb tweeted: & # 39; Bobby Ball and now John Sessions! Two very different artists who have absolutely inspired and excited me at different times. Nice, funny men. & # 39;
A statement by his agent Alex Irwin said today: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm that actor John Sessions died on Monday November 2nd at his home in South London.
"He will be missed very much."
Sessions was born on January 11, 1953 in Largs, Ayrshire, Scotland, and had a twin sister, Maggie, and an older brother, Bill.
John Sessions at the Kings Head Theater, London, 1985
Evening Standard Drama Awards at the Savoy, John Sessions with Joan Collins, November 1994
Mark Hadfield and John Sessions (right) at Roadplay, After Party, London, July 2017
The family left Scotland for Bedford, Bedfordshire when he was three years old. He received an MA in English Literature from Bangor University before moving to Canada for a four-year PhD from McMaster University.
In 1979, at the age of 26, he decided to start an acting career and attended Rada, where he met his long-time friend, Kenneth Branagh.
Three years later he landed a role in his first film, The Sender, and began to work in comedy alongside French and Saunders, booking concerts as a double bill.
Sessions was the only copycat who posed as a politician in the satire Spitting Image in order to eventually earn his own puppet. He proudly told The Independent, "You stabbed John Sessions in the ass."
Friends and colleagues today paid tribute to sessions who died Monday at the age of 67
The comedian and writer Michael Spicer praised Sessions from the bottom of his heart and praised his "extraordinary range".
His big films have included The Good Shepherd, The Merchant of Venice and The Bounty. In addition to Meryl Streep, sessions in Margaret Thatcher's biography The Iron Lady were also featured.
He was also known for his surreal appearances on his one-man TV shows. Recent television drama credits have included Victoria, The Loch, and Mr Selfridge.
The actor has also appeared in various film adaptations of Shakespeare's plays, including Kenneth Branagh's Henry V in 1989, Philostrate in A Midsummer Night's Dream from 1999, and Salerio in the 2004 film The Merchant of Venice.
A tweet from the team behind the QI panel show said: & # 39; John Sessions was a panelist on QI's first episode: Series A, Episode One, & # 39; Adam & # 39 ;.
"His incredible wit and encyclopedic knowledge played a huge role in the story of the show, and everyone at QI is deeply saddened to hear of his death."
Actor and politician Laurence Fox, who worked with sessions on ITV's Victoria, also paid tribute. He said: & # 39; Dear God, no! He called me the other day to check in and tell me he'll be there if I ever need him.
& # 39; What an absolute diamond of a man. Always there for you. Absolutely weird. Always nice, always gentle. What a lovely friend. Good night, dear John. & # 39;
Fuzzy musician Graham Coxon said, & # 39; John Sessions … were mega bright and fun … that's a huge shame. REST IN PEACE. & # 39;
John Sessions as Lord John Russell and Laurence Fox as Lord Palmerston in Victoria, ITV Drama Series, Series 3, Episode 1, 2019
John Sessions as CI Frank Smilie on the ITV series & # 39; The Loch & # 39 ;, June 2017
The actor has also appeared in various film adaptations of Shakespeare plays
The actor previously told the Guardian how he was revealed to be gay to the Evening Standard when a journalist asked him about his sexuality.
He said, "Yeah, but my parents don't know and I don't want them to find out by picking up a copy of the Evening Standard."
His mother died unexpectedly six weeks later, and his father quickly developed dementia shortly afterwards. "It was never mentioned," he said.
The broadcaster Danny Baker shared a poster for the Beachcomber radio series … Incidentally, on Twitter after the news of the death of Sessions became known today.
He said: & # 39; Shocked to hear that John Sessions has died at the age of 67.
& # 39; Always great company and a real talent. His roles at the center of my favorite radio series have given me a lot of joy and will continue to do so. Just travel, mate … & # 39;
The Reverend Richard Coles added: & # 39; Very sad to see #JohnSessions dead.
“He was brilliantly talented, made me laugh a lot, and was a friend for twenty-five years. REST IN PEACE. & # 39;
Actor Samuel West tweeted, “I hate that John left Sessions. World so much better with him in there. Lucky to work with him several times.
“Brain as big as Swindon. So full of life and stories and contradictions and possibilities and love for acting. Good night, dear man x & # 39;
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