Colin Dexter was the creator of Morse, a very popular Oxford inspector in novels and on the PBS anthology, Masterpiece Mystery. The curmudgeon who never revealed his given name was played by John Thaw who died in 2002. Subsequently, a spinoff was aired starring Morse's Sergeant Lewis. With the ending of that series and the ageing out of its star, Kevin Whately, a new series imagining a young Morse has aired. Endeavor (Morse's given name) is beginning a fourth season in the UK and will appear on PBS in the future.
Colin Dexter, author of the Inspector Morse books, has died aged 86.http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-39342698
His publisher said in a statement on Tuesday: "With immense sadness, MacMillan announces the death of Colin Dexter who died peacefully at his home in Oxford this morning."
His series of 13 Morse novels, written between 1975 and 1999, were adapted for the long-running ITV series, starring John Thaw.
Dexter's characters also featured in spin-off shows Lewis and Endeavour.
Dexter wrote his first Morse novel, Last Bus to Woodstock, in 1975 while on holiday in Wales.
He killed off the detective in the final book The Remorseful Day.
Before becoming a full-time writer he spent 13 years teaching Latin and Greek.
...Norman Colin Dexter was born in 1930, in Stamford, Lincolnshire, and studied Classics at Cambridge University.
He worked as a teacher from 1954 to 1966, before moving to Oxford where he set his books about Inspector Morse and his assistant, Sergeant Lewis.
Carlton Productions made 33 TV Morse films with Thaw in the lead role alongside Kevin Whately as Lewis. Dexter himself appeared in cameo roles.
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