By Adam Lusher
7:36PM BST 28 Jul 2012
Hughes, who grew up in Liverpool, died on Friday night.
He joined Coronation Street in 1974 as Eddie Yeats, a character with a criminal past.
Geoffrey Hughes as Eddie Yeats in Coronation Street in 1977
In between further brushes with the law, Yeats went into partnership with Stan Ogden in his window cleaning business, and had a short-lived curtain-making venture with Hilda Ogden.
He also tried to sell shoddy goods to his neighbours on numerous occasions.
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Hughes ceased to be a Coronation Street regular in 1983, but made a brief final appearance as Yeats in 1987.
He first appeared on Keeping Up Appearances in 1990, playing Onslow, the lovable slob and brother-in-law of Hyacinth Bucket.
To the dismay of the socially climbing Bucket, Onslow lived in a scruffy council house with a rusting Hillman Avenger in in the front garden
Geoffrey Hughes as Onslow in Keeping Up Appearances PA
In real life, however, Hughes enjoyed sailing, golf and cricket, and in 2009 he was appointed Deputy Lieutenant for the Isle of Wight.
In 2010 Hughes was rushed to hospital for intense radiotherapy after collapsing at his Isle of Wight home.
Hughes had thought he had beaten prostate cancer the previous year, but the actor and his wife Sue were given the news the disease had returned.