Longtime star of the Last of the Summer Wine who also voiced Wallace in the animated series Wallace & Gromit.
He was a member of the aircrew while serving in the Royal Air Force during WWII.
He won a 2006 Best Voice Acting Annie Award for Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
He married Elaine Usher in 1957. The couple has an adult son name Crispian.
He acted with Judi Dench in the 1968 stage production of Cabaret.