Sir John Mortimer, Q.C.
Beloved of millions for his creation, Horace Rumpole of the Old Bailey, barrister extraordinaire. Obituaries here and here.
Though Sir John himself very much shall be, his latest contribution to the Rumpole oeuvre is not to be missed:
Rumpole has written Sir John Mortimer's epitaph (or maybe it was vice versa; at any rate, it is also the motto of this Weblog):
Afflict the comfortable, and comfort the afflicted, but make it funny.