✎ Peter Sallis 1921-2017 

5 June 2017 tbs.pm/12511

The actor Peter Sallis, who played Norman Clegg in the BBC’s Last of the Summer Wine and the voice of Wallace in Wallace and Gromit has died at the age of 96, reports say.

He got involved in acting as an amateur whilst serving in the RAF during World War II, attending RADA after the conflict was won.

His autobiography, Fading into the Limelight, was published in 2006 and, whilst out of print, can still be obtained for Kindle and Kindle apps.

His wife, who he married in 1957, was the television actress Elaine Usher. She died last year. Their son, Crispian Sallis, is an art director in Hollywood.

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Paul Mason 5 June 2017 at 9:39 pm

Peter Sallis was the.last of the Last of the Summer Wine 1973 cast and with him a chapter is closed.

Contrary to belief Peter Sallis, along with Bill Owen were born in London, the third original Michael Bates was born in Raj India. After playing an Indian in It Ain’t Half Hot Mum he died in the late 1970s.

Peter Sallis as Clegg (and Wallace) NEVER spoke with a Yorkshire accent.

Anyway four short of a century is a good innings RIP.

Joanne Gray 5 June 2017 at 9:58 pm

96 years is a good age, especially considering he was still working hard until recently. I suppose chasing Compo in an out of control tin bath around the country roads of Yorkshire kept him fit, lol. He’s earned his rest xx

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