Holton and Palmer got engaged on 12 Marchbut on 2 May the same year, Palmer called off the engagement, stating their relationship was not going quite as planned. He landed the part, the first of the seven main characters to be cast, after he was introduced to Ian La Frenais at a party.
Funeral[ edit ] Holton's funeral took place on 22 Novemberwith a minute service at Golders Green Crematorium in London. They were amicably separated from and remained friends, though they were still not divorced at the time of his death.
Just before his death, he had released the single "Catch A Falling Star". However, Holton, after appearing in the television series Shoestringplayed the lead part of Ken in the film Bloody Kids.
From he was married to model Donna Campbell. When he left the company, his musical talents led him to front the rock band Heavy Metal Kids as vocalist. His Auf Wiedersehen, Pet co-stars were all there to pay their respects.
Pathologist Rufus Crompton said during his inquest at HornseyNorth London, that he would have been drinking less than half an hour before his death, and that the morphine would have made him unconscious within a matter of minutes.
Whilst musically talented, he was first in a rock band as a schoolboy at Beaufoy School, Lambeth,  his real ambition was to act.
Holton was offered the role of villain 'Nasty' Nick Cotton in the television soap opera EastEndersbut he turned down the role and it was instead given to Holton's friend John Altmanwho bore a strong resemblance to him, and would go on to succeed him as the lead singer of the Heavy Metal Kids.
He died midway through the second series of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, but the producers used body doubles and editing of dialogue already recorded to allow the series to be completed. Plans for the remaining members to continue on without him came to naught. The duo's musical style was country rock with strong punk influences, their first hit being a cover of Kenny Rogers' "Ruby".
The first series of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet ran between and He was considering setting up a clinic to help others with their addictions. At the time of his death, Holton had long separated from Harrison and was engaged to hairdresser Jahnet Mclllewan.
Early roles[ edit ] Holton made his acting debut inwhen he played the character of Eddie Hairstyle in the television movie Telefoonnummer holland casino zandvoort Knowledge with Michael Elphick and Kim Taylforth.
The final episode of the second series, broadcast after Holton's death, was dedicated to his memory.
Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Playing the part of Wayne Winston Norris in the popular comedy drama Auf Wiedersehen, PetHolton played a Cockney carpenter who liked his women, music and drink, which was similar to his off-screen personality.
Heavy Metal Kids Gary was the front-man for the band, which formed in Gary Holton's Norwegian musical career went largely unnoticed in his homeland.
He appeared in the TV series Minderin which he played villain Barry, in He was survived by his son, Red, and his adopted son, Max, with model Susan Harrison. The gap in the line-up left by Holton was filled by Wyman, Wayne's illegitimate son, played by Noel Clarke.
Relationships[ edit ] Holton had a string of relationships in the early to mid s. Inhe dated singer Stella Palmer, with whom he performed his cover version of " Somethin' Stupid " in