Incomparable is probably the easiest way to describe this quiet man who has the ability to make me laugh with just an adjustment of a facial muscle.
Born in 1923, or possibly built in a Lancashire munitions factory using spare parts from broken Spitfires, he has appeared on radio, TV and film for more than sixty years.
His film, alongside the immortal Tommy Cooper, The Plank, was, is and always will be the thing of genius. I mean, where would the Chuckle Brothers be without it?
Also worth mentioning is the lovely sitcom he did with the wonderful Hattie Jacques, Sykes. So very British and still so very funny.
In more recent years he has appeared in Harry Potter, where he gets eaten by a large snake (not Derek Guyler!), The Others with Nicole Kidman and lately in Son of Rambow where he didn't play the lead.
An extraordinarily talented man and one of Britain’s greats.
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