Remembered for portraying Albert Tatlock on British soap opera "Coronation Street," a role he played for 24 years.
As a young boy, he sold programmes at the Rochdale's Theatre Royal.
In 1983, he was honored with the Member of the Order of the British Empire for his charity work, which included supporting the disabled and children with learning difficulties.
He married Sarah Murgatroyd in 1929.
He appeared in the 1951 film "The Man In The White Suit" with Alec Guinness.