Radio and screen comedian who was Tony Hancock's co-star in Hancock's Half Hour, which ran on television from 1956 to 1960. He also starred in the shows Two In Clover and Bless this House.
He claimed he was a boxer in his younger days, though it was more likely he worked in the profession he trained in: hairdresser.
His characters in nearly 20 Carry On films, a sequence of 31 low-budget British comedy motion pictures produced between 1958 and 1992, were typically sly, wise-cracking, and lecherous.
He married three times, and he had three children.
He had a high-profile affair with Barbara Windsor, his Carry On co-star.