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Bill Pertwee MBE
5' 9½" (1.77 m)
Did You Know?
Things began to disintegrate in the later 1950s. It was when we stopped communicating with each other. The wealth roller-coaster of the 1980s made it worse. It's a great country, but we've lost our way a bit.
In 1957, he wrote to BBC director/producer Richard Afton
hoping for his big TV break. In the letter, he mentioned his cousin, actor Jon Pertwee
, who became a star of the hit radio comedy "The Navy Lark" before taking on the title role in Doctor Who
(1963) in 1970. At that point Bill had only been an entertainer for a couple of years, appearing in variety halls.