British comedian most known for "Morecambe and Wise," the comedy act he shared with Ernie Wise. The duo co-starred together on the television series The Morecambe & Wise Show.
He served during World War II in the British Merchant Marine before starting his career.
His birth name was John Eric Bartholomew; his stage surname was actually the name of the seaside town in which he grew up.
He was once married to Joan Bartlett. The couple had three children.