Who was Freddy Marks and how did he die?
Freddy was born in Cheshire in 1949 and had a passion for music and theatre from a young age.
He toured with various bands and trained at The Central School of Speech and Drama in London from 1968.
After graduating in 1971, Freddy began his career in the theatre with roles in The Rocky Horror Show in the West End.
But he became a household name in 1979 when he replaced Roger Walker on Rainbow.
Freddy Marks ( born Frederick Marks) was an English actor and musician who was best known for being part of the musical trio Rod, Jane, and Freddy which appeared in children’s programming in the 1970s, 1980s, and early 1990s. In his early career, he featured on stage in productions such as The Lion in Winter and as part of Dundee Repertory Theatre. He appeared in television series such as Z-Cars (1973–77), The Sweeney (1976), and Churchill’s People (1975) before returning to the stage in 1977 to portray Brad Majors in The Rocky Horror Show at Chelsea’s King’s Road Theatre before its return to the West End. In 1980, he was hired to join the cast of Rainbow after Roger Walker left the show. He joined the two existing musicians, Rod Burton and Jane Tucker, to form Rod, Jane, and Freddy.
Towards the end of 1980, Rod, Jane, and Freddy were approached by ITV to do their own show. The Rod, Jane and Freddy Show aired its first episode in January 1981, and in total seven series were broadcast. The trio continued to appear in Rainbow until 1989, and the following year Thames TV lost the ITV franchise. The Rod, Jane, and Freddy Show finished the following year in 1990. He also worked as a scriptwriter for The Sooty Show, Playdays, and Wizadora. He trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London from 1968 to 1971. During Bill Oddie’s 2002 appearance on This Is Your Life, it was revealed that Marks had saved Oddie from drowning in Seychelles. Oddie repeated the story on his 2011 appearance on Would I Lie to You?. His last appearance on television was in February 2021.
Who were Rod, Jane and Freddy?
Freddy was one of Rainbow’s musical trio along with Jane Tucker and Rod Burton, which ran on TV screens from the 1970s to the 1990s.
The trio regularly appeared alongside Bungle and Zippy as they played catchy hits for children.
They also shared success on their show, Rod, Jane and Freddy, which was on for ten years in the 1980s.
Freddy Marks Age
Marks was born on September 10, 1949, in Birkenhead, United Kingdom and died on May 27, 2021. He was aged 71.
Who was Freddy’s wife?
Freddy married co-star Jane in 2016 at London’s luxury Claridge’s hotel.
The blonde singer had already been married to bandmate Rod Burton.
But they were dogged by rumours of an illicit love triangle after Jane got together with Freddy in 1985 after her split from Rod.
Jane finally revealed the truth in 2013, saying: “Rod and I were married and then we got divorced.
“That’s it basically. Some years later when Freddy joined, Freddy and I hooked up together.”
Freddy Marks Parents
He was the son of Freda and William Marks. He lived in Birkenhead, Cheshire, in his youth, and was interested in music and the theatre from an early age and played in various bands, and was involved with amateur dramatics.
Freddy Marks Death
His death was announced on May 27, 2021, at 71 but he died in a care home a week before. A statement on a Rainbow Facebook page said, “It is with a heavy heart that we sad to say that “Freddy Marks” from Rod, Jane and Freddy has sadly passed away yesterday, Freddy was a very talented and funny guy who always bought a smile to everybody’s face.”
His wife Jane Tucker said that Freddy was diagnosed with prostate cancer in January and told him he had just months to live. He was admitted to the Princess Alice Hospice in Esher, Surrey, four days before he died. Jane said: “My final words to him were ‘I love you. But Freddy didn’t say anything back, he just had a gentle smile on his face like he always did. It was incredibly beautiful. I’m totally devastated by his loss and it’s going to take me and a lot of other people in the country a long time to get over this…”
Broadcaster Danny Baker was among those paying tribute, saying Rod, Jane, and Freddy should have “been showered in retrospective BAFTAs long ago”.
How did Freddy Marks die?
Freddy’s cause of death has not yet been revealed.
It was announced on May 28, 2019 that he had passed away.
The news was revealed in a post on a Rainbow Facebook fan group saying: “It is with a heavy heart that we sad to say that ‘Freddy Marks’ from Rod, Jane and Freddy has sadly passed away yesterday.
“Freddy was a very talented and funny guy who always bought a smile to everybody’s face.”