English actor and comedian best known as a performer on Crosswits, The Zodiac Game, Name That Tune, Gambit, and other popular TV shows.
He was a mathematics and music schoolteacher at the St. Joan of Arc School in Bootle; he nurtured his performance skills by working as a comedian in working men's clubs in the evening.
His breakthrough came when he was featured on Johnnie Hamp's The Comedians; by 1977, This Is Your Life shined the spotlight on him.
His daughter-in-law, Denise Lewis, won the gold medal in the heptathlon at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
He appeared on Countdown 100-plus times, a program that was originally hosted by Richard Whiteley.