John Challis has a heartwarming nod to Only fools and horses on his tombstone.
Challis died of cancer in September 2021. He was 79.
The actor is best known for his portrayal of Terrance Aubrey “Boycie” Boyce on the long-running BBC sitcom.
His wife Carol Challis shared a photo of her late husband’s grave on Twitter, giving directions to fans who wish to visit it.
Some people noted that a touching tribute on the tombstone is a reference to a one-liner spoken by his character in Celebrity Only fools and horses.
The tombstone reads: ‘John Challis – Actor – 1942-2021’. Below are the words, “I am here.”
Fans will recognize the phrase from an episode of Fools only in which a psychic named Elsie hosts a seance with Boycie, Del Boy (David Jason) and Rodney Trotter (Nicholas Lyndhurst).
In the scene, Elsie claims to have made contact with an unidentified man, telling the crowd, “He wants to speak to someone named Audrey… no, Aubrey.”
The room is silent until Challis’ character speaks up and announces, “I’m here.” He then explains that his middle name is Aubrey.
After a character notes that Boycie never said his name was Aubrey, Boycie replies, “Nor would you if your name was Aubrey.”
Fans have commented on the post, highlighting the connection to that particular episode.
One person wrote: “He stole this episode with those memorable three words from some of the best comedy actors. Rest In Peace John/Boycie.”
Another added: “As for the tombstones, that’s brilliant!!”
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/john-challis-headstone-grave-only-fools-and-horses-b2243082.html John Challis fans note the heartwarming Only Fools and Horses reference on his gravestone