Outrageous Fortune actor Frank Whitten has died

BREAKING: Actor Frank Whitten died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday morning. He was aged 68. 

Whitten has been a very familiar face on New Zealand and Australian television and cinema screens for the past three decades* although he is probably best remembered for his most recent onscreen role as Grandpa Ted West in Outrageous Fortune. 

South Pacific Pictures Chief Executive John Barnett today said:  “All of us are deeply saddened to hear of Frank Whitten’s passing. 

“Most recently we have been particularly proud to have worked with him through six seasons of Outrageous Fortune, as he brought the iconic role of Grandpa into the homes of hundreds of thousands of viewers, both in New Zealand and around the world.  We will miss him very much.” 

Speaking on behalf of her Outrageous Fortune cast mates, Whitten’s co-star and friend Robyn Malcolm said: “We feel deeply for Frank’s family and our thoughts, love and grief are with them. 

“We were Frank’s screen family for only a few years but in that time we got to know him and adore him as a wicked, irreverent man of lethal wit, a heart of gold and one of the best actors we’ll ever work with. We all respected him enormously but in good ‘Outrageous’j spirit we treated him with the disrespect and irreverence he loved.  

“Like his screen character he never said a lot but when he did it mattered.  He’ll hate that we are saying lovely things about him, but tough Frank – you deserve it.” 

Whitten’s family will hold a small private funeral service this week and have requested privacy at this sad time. 

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  • Elmo

    What  shock news. 🙁

     

  • TuiKiwi

    🙁

  • TuiKiwi

    Actor Frank Whitten died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday morning. He was aged 68.

     

    Whitten has been a very familiar face on New Zealand and Australian television and cinema screens for the past three decades* although he is probably best remembered for his most recent onscreen role as Grandpa Ted West in Outrageous Fortune.

     

    South Pacific Pictures Chief Executive John Barnett today said:  “All of us are deeply saddened to hear of Frank Whitten’s passing.

     

    “Most recently we have been particularly proud to have worked with him through six seasons ofOutrageous Fortune, as he brought the iconic role of Grandpa into the homes of hundreds of thousands of viewers, both in New Zealand and around the world.  We will miss him very much.”

     

    Speaking on behalf of her Outrageous Fortune cast mates, Whitten’s co-star and friend Robyn Malcolm said: “We feel deeply for Frank’s family and our thoughts, love and grief are with them.

     

    “We were Frank’s screen family for only a few years but in that time we got to know him and adore him as a wicked, irreverent man of lethal wit, a heart of gold and one of the best actors we’ll ever work with. We all respected him enormously but in good ‘Outrageous’j spirit we treated him with the disrespect and irreverence he loved.

     

    “Like his screen character he never said a lot but when he did it mattered.  He’ll hate that we are saying lovely things about him, but tough Frank – you deserve it.”

     

    Whitten’s family will hold a small private funeral service this week and have requested privacy at this sad time.

     

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  • TuiKiwi

    Full statement from Robyn Malcolm on behalf of Outrageous Fortune cast mates:

    We are gutted. We feel deeply for Frank’s family and our thoughts, love and grief are with them.

    We were Frank’s screen family for only a few years but in that time we got to know him and adore him as a wicked, irreverent man of lethal wit, a heart of gold and one of the best actors we’ll ever work with. We all respected him enormously but in good ‘Outrageous’ spirit we treated him with the disrespect and irreverence he loved. 

    Like his screen character he never said a lot but when he did it mattered.  He’ll hate that we are saying lovely things about him, but tough Frank – you deserve it. 

    I am only sorry he didn’t live to play King Lear. Grandpa was what he’s been recently known for but first and foremost he was a phenomenal stage actor and I think the theatre was where his heart really was. We’ll miss him and we truly love him. As Kirk said “ ah lets get drunk to the old bugger, irreplaceable that man”.

  • somebody

    I know he hasn’t done them for a while but the Speights adds wont be the same now either.

  • Matt Akersten

    Sad news. He was great. 🙁