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Peter Sallis Poster

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Overview (4)

Born in Twickenham, Middlesex, England, UK
Died in Denville Hall, Northwood, Hillingdon, London, England, UK  (natural causes)
Birth NamePeter John Sallis
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Peter Sallis was born on February 1, 1921 in Twickenham, Middlesex, England as Peter John Sallis. He was an actor, known for The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005), Last of the Summer Wine (1973) and The Wrong Trousers (1993). He was married to Elaine Usher. He died on June 2, 2017 in Denville Hall, Northwood, Hillingdon, London, England.

Spouse (1)

Elaine Usher (9 February 1957 - 1965) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (2)

His distinctive voice, used to great effect in Wallace and Gromit
His convincing northern accent in Last of the Summer Wine (1973) and Wallace and Gromit

Trivia (15)

He was the father of Crispian Sallis, who became a hugely successful set decorator and production designer on movies.
He was cast as Captain Striker in the Doctor Who (1963) episode Doctor Who: Enlightenment: Part One (1983), but industrial action at the BBC caused delays that forced him to relinquish the role, which was subsequently taken by Keith Barron.
He graduated from RADA and became an Associate Member of RADA.
He served in the Royal Air Force during World War II as a ground crew radio operator.
He was in attendance at the The 78th Annual Academy Awards (2006) ceremony with Nick Park and Helena Bonham Carter.
He was awarded the O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2007 Queen Elizabeth's Birthday Honors List for his services to drama.
He was the only actor to appear in all 295 episodes of Last of the Summer Wine (1973).
He did some dubbing work on the English soundtrack of Orson Welles' movie The Trial (1962), flying to Paris for a few days to do so. His agent told him he was unlikely to be paid anything for this, not even traveling expenses. Sallis replied that, on the contrary, he would be prepared to pay for the honor of working with Welles, whom he has always described as one of the two true geniuses he has worked with in his long career, the other being Nick Park.
He was diagnosed with macular degeneration in 1994.
He was considered for Dr. Armstrong and Sir Percy in Lifeforce (1985) (1985).
He narrated a 1970 public information film advising householders to reduce the risk of burglary by locking all windows and points of entry.
He reconciled with his ex-wife, Elaine Usher, after their divorce. Although they eventually stopped living together, they remained on good terms. He also had a close relationship with his son.
For years he lived in a cottage on the banks of the Thames at Richmond, Surrey, until failing health and eyesight forced him to move to a flat in central London. His last years were spent at Denville Hall, the actors retirement home, in north London.
Ironically, he became best known for playing quintessentially northern English characters Norman Clegg in Last of the Summer Wine (1973) and Wallace in the Wallace and Gromit franchise despite actually hailing from Twickenham in Middlesex and having a natural accent of RP (Received Pronunciation).
He retired from acting after filming the final season of Last of the Summer Wine (1973) in 2009.

Personal Quotes (4)

[on Orson Welles] Orson Welles always draws the public interest, but he was no better than anyone else.
[on John Gielgud] John Gielgud was a personal favourite because he was such a stickler for the truth. When he saw me outside the Strand Theatre with Honor Blackman when we were in Wait Until Dark he said hello and asked me what I was doing and I said 'I'm in this'. He said 'Ah, ah, I hear the girl is very good'. I could have been playing the butler for all he knew.
I've been lucky enough to keep going and I realise now, though it's taken me nearly 100 years, that my voice is distinctive. I'm very lucky indeed.
I had another friend who lived nearby and with him I had my one and only homosexual feeling. It lasted for only a few days. But it never came back, I am glad to say, and from that time on I have been what you might call 'normal'.

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