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Peter Sallis, who was born in February 1921, is known around the world for voicing the Wallace and Gromit series. His acting career began on the London stage in 1946.
Sallis was one of the biggest stars on the stage in the 1950s and 60s, before moving into TV in the 1970s. In 2007, he was awarded an OBE by The Queen at Buckingham Palace.
The actor appeared in a number of classic and much loved shows including The Persuaders!, The Ghosts of Motley Hall, The Wind In The Willows and Catweazle (pictures above).
In 1973 Peter Sallis starred in the first series of Last of the Summer Wine as Cleggy, alongside Bill Owen (Compo) and Michael Bates (Blamire). It would go to become the longest running sitcom in the world.
A classic Last of The Summer Wine cast shot from 1989, when they were filming a Christmas special. Sallis was the only actor to appear in every episode of the show and writer Roy Clarke created the character especially for the actor.
Sallis and Owen were joined by Bryan Wilde in 1976 and the show’s popularity continued to grow during the 1980s and 90s. The Queen and the Quee Mother were both fans of the show.
In 2006, Sallis published his autobiography entitled, with his own style for self-deprecation, Fading into the Limelight.
Following the death of Bill Owen in 1999, Sallis was joined by Owen’s son Tom in Last of the Summer Wine and became the last remaining original from the trio of men.
Sallis is best known around the world for voicing the character of Wallace. He first played the eccentric inventor in 1989 in A Grand Day Out.
Wallace and Gromit would go to win numerous BAFTAs and Sallis moved on o the big screen in 2005 with the Oscar-winning Curse of the Were-Rabbit.