Original Coronation Street star Ernst Walder dies aged 94

Coronation Street star Ernst Walder has died aged 94 after starring on the soap as one of the original cast members.

The actor died in September 2021, his death was revealed on Thursday when former writer Daran Little paid tribute.

Ernst played Ivan Cheveski, the son-in-law of cobblestone icon Elsie Tanner, on Corrie during the earliest years, even dating the show’s co-creator Tony Warren in the 1960s.

Tragic: Coronation Street star Ernst Walder has died aged 94, after starring on the soap as one of the original cast members

Daran shared his tribute on Twitter, writing: “Very sad to read that our dear Ernst Walder has passed away.

An original C St cast member who quickly became Tony Warren’s boyfriends before Tony caught him in bed with another cast member.

“Ernst sent my sons chocolates every Christmas and he was the sweetest man.”

RIP: The actor (recently in the picture) passed away in September 2021, but his death only came to light on Thursday

RIP: The actor (recently in the picture) passed away in September 2021, but his death only came to light on Thursday

Several longtime fans also took to social media to pay tribute, with one writing: ‘Sad to read of Ernst Walder’s death, he played Ivan Cheveski in Coronation Street and was one of the original characters in 1960.

“Very close to Pat Phoenix, he had so much charisma in those early years. Very sad to read that he passed away.’

Another tweeted: ‘Ernst Walder RIP’

Although Ernst had passed away months earlier, his death was revealed via a post on a Coronation Street blog.

He previously dated Tony, the creator of Corrie, who passed away in 2016, and the writer describes in his memoir how he stayed with Ernst’s sister Freida while traveling through Austria.

Tony, who made a cameo appearance in the 2010 Coronation Street 50th Anniversary live episode, was openly gay at a time in the early 1960s when homosexuality was illegal.

Sad: Former Corrie writer Daran shared the news of Daran's death after it first surfaced on the Coronation Street blog, and took to Twitter to pay tribute

Sad: Former Corrie writer Daran shared the news of Daran’s death after it first surfaced on the Coronation Street blog, and took to Twitter to pay tribute

Iconic: Ernst first appeared in Coronation Street's second ever episode and was one of Weatherfield's 21 original cast members

Iconic: Ernst first appeared in Coronation Street’s second ever episode and was one of Weatherfield’s 21 original cast members

Born in Austria in 1927, Ernst played Ivan on Corrie in two separate stints, from 1960 to 1963 and again from 1966 to 1967.

He made his debut on the soap’s second-ever episode in December 1960 and was one of 21 Weatherfield’s original cast members, including current star Bill Roache (Ken Barlow), Philip Lowrie (Dennis Tanner), and Violet Carson (Ena Sharples). .

Ernst previously noted that Tony based his character on the many Polish nationals who were still living in Manchester at the time and had fled their country during World War II.

Marriage Troubles: His character Ivan arrived on the street to reconnect with his wife Linda, and the couple resumed their marriage after learning of her pregnancy

Marriage Troubles: His character Ivan arrived on the street to reconnect with his wife Linda, and the couple resumed their marriage after learning of her pregnancy

Blast from the Past: Ernst made his last appearance as Ivan on September 27, 1967 (pictured with co-stars Pat Phoenix and Peter Dudley at the soap's 20th birthday party 1980)

Blast from the Past: Ernst made his last appearance as Ivan on September 27, 1967 (pictured with co-stars Pat Phoenix and Peter Dudley at the soap’s 20th birthday party 1980)

He arrived on the street eager to reconnect with his estranged wife Linda, who had returned to the street and was staying with her mother Elsie.

The couple eventually got their marriage back on track when Linda learned she was pregnant, and even bought Number 9 together and welcomed a baby boy named Paul.

Ivan’s time in Weatherfield was short, as he and Linda decided to emigrate to Canada in 1962, but appeared on the soap a number of times in later years.

Ernst made his last appearance as Ivan on September 27, 1967, and in 1984 it was revealed that he and Linda had split for good.

He went on to star in the short-lived soap Castle Haven, Emmerdale creator Kevin Laffan, which ran for a year, between 1969 and 1970, and also appeared in the second series of sitcom Backs To The Land in 1977 and 1978.

Other parts: He appeared in the second series of the sitcom Backs To The Land

Other parts: He appeared in the second series of the sitcom Backs To The Land

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