In addition to his work in popular ITV soaps, Rodney was also known to play miserable retiree Tommy in Early Doors.
Phil Mealey, who wrote Early Doors, tweeted: “Really sad news that Rodney Lichfield aka Old Tommy passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday at the age of 81, having been in pain for some time.
“We had the chance to meet him and choose him because he was absolutely perfect.
“For you Rodders and for the regiment it won’t be the same without you. RIPx “
Rodney played Wilfred Morton on Coronation Street, who was Jodie’s grandfather, played by Samantha Seager.
He played the role on 23 episodes between January and October 2007.
Although he also had a one-time appearance on Corrie in 1988, where he played a character named Chaz Ferguson.
He also had a memorable role as a character called Wild Bill in an episode of Phoenix Nights – titled Wiled West Nights.
RIP Rodney Lichfield alias Wild Bill dans Phoenix Nights. pic.twitter.com/gh3BjWINZe
– Paddy McGuinness (@PaddyMcGuinness) 7 septembre 2020
Phoenix Nights co-star Paddy McGuinness was among the first to pay tribute to Rodney on social media following the sad news of his death.
Paddy shared a photo of Rodney on a set wearing a cowboy costume and standing next to a horse.
He captioned the comeback image: “RIP Rodney Lichfield aka Wild Bill in Phoenix Nights. “
With a career spanning over 30 years and roles in such a wide variety of TV productions, many fans have also taken to social media to express their sadness over his death.
One fan praised his work, tweeting, “When people know you for Phoenix Nights and Early Doors, you do pretty well” alongside a red heart emoji.
While another commented, “He was indeed perfect. I shared Early Doors with our two kids – we even brought our son to the live show – we all still say “I’ll be alone”. I’ll drink with him tonight. “