The original coronation street star Ernst Walder has died at the age of 94

Coronation Street star Ernst Walder has died at the age of 94 after starring in a soap opera as one of the original members of the cast.

The actor passed away in September 2021, and his death was announced on Thursday when former writer Daran Little paid his respects.

Ernst played Ivan Chevesky, son-in-law of cobblestone icon Elsie Tanner, in Corrie during his earliest years, and even dated the series’ co-creator Tony Warren in the 1960s.

Tragic: Coronation Street star Ernst Walder has died at the age of 94 after starring in a soap opera as one of the original members of the cast.

Tragic: Coronation Street star Ernst Walder has died at the age of 94 after starring in a soap opera as one of the original members of the cast.

Sharing his honor on Twitter, Daran wrote: ‘It is very sad to read about the death of my beloved Ernst Walder.

‘The original member of the C St team who quickly became Tony Warren’s boys before Tony caught him in bed with another member of the cast.

‘Ernst sent chocolates to my sons every Christmas and he was the most beautiful man.’

RIP: The actor (pictured recently) passed away in September 2021, but his death was only announced on Thursday

RIP: The actor (pictured recently) passed away in September 2021, but his death was only announced on Thursday

Several longtime fans also took to social media to pay their respects, with one caption: ‘It’s sad to read about Ernst Walder’s death, he played Ivan Chevesky in Coronation Street and was one of the original characters back in the 1960s.

‘Extremely close to Pat Phoenix, he had so much charisma in those early years. It is very sad to read about his death. ‘

Another tweeted: ‘Ernst Walder RIP’

While Ernst had died months earlier, his death was revealed through a blog post on Coronation Street.

He previously dated creator Corrie Tony, who passed away in 2016, and the writer described in his memoirs how he stayed with Ernst’s sister Freid during his travels in Austria.

Tony, who appeared as a cameo on a live show marking the 50th anniversary of Coronation Street in 2010, was an outspoken homosexual in the early 1960s when homosexuality was illegal.

Sad: Former Corrie writer Daran shared the news of Daran's death after she first appeared on the Coronation Street blog, on Twitter to pay her respects

Sad: Former Corrie writer Daran shared the news of Daran’s death after she first appeared on the Coronation Street blog, on Twitter to pay her respects

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

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

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

Debuting in the second episode of the soap opera in December 1960, he 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 noted earlier that Tony based his character on a number of Polish nationals who were still residing in Manchester at the time after fleeing their country during World War II.

Marital grief: His character Ivan arrived on the street to reconnect with his wife Linda, and the couple renewed their marriage after she found out about the pregnancy

Marital grief: His character Ivan arrived on the street to reconnect with his wife Linda, and the couple renewed their marriage after she found out about the pregnancy

An Explosion from the Past: Ernst finally appeared in the role of John on September 27, 1967 (pictured with colleagues Pat Phoenix and Peter Dudley at the soap opera's 20th birthday celebrations in 1980)

An Explosion from the Past: Ernst finally appeared in the role of John on September 27, 1967 (pictured with colleagues Pat Phoenix and Peter Dudley at the soap opera’s 20th birthday celebrations in 1980)

He arrived on the Street wanting to reconnect with his estranged wife Linda, who returned to the Street and stayed with his mother Elsie.

The couple eventually got their marriage back on track when Linda found out she was pregnant, and they even bought number 9 together, welcoming a boy named Paul.

Ivan’s time at Weatherfield was short, as he and Linda decided to emigrate to Canada in 1962, but they appeared in soap operas several more times in later years.

Ernst last appeared as John on September 27, 1967, and in 1984 it was revealed that he and Linda had split up forever.

He starred in the short-lived soap opera Castle Haven, created by Emmerdale Kevin Laffan, which ran for a year, between 1969 and 1970, and also appeared in the second series of the sitcom Backs To The Land in 1977 and 1978.

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

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

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