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Date of Birth 11 July 1916Canning Town, London, England, UK
Date of Death 16 November 2008Budleigh Salterton, Devon, England, UK  (following a chest infection)
Birth NameReginald Alfred Varney
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

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Reg Varney was born on July 11, 1916 in Canning Town, London, England as Reginald Alfred Varney. He was an actor and writer, known for On the Buses (1969), The Rag Trade (1961) and On the Buses (1971). He was married to Lilian Varney. He died on November 16, 2008 in Budleigh Salterton, Devon, England.

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Lilian Varney (1 October 1939 - 2002) (her death) (1 child)

Trivia (14)

One of five children (Sid, Bella, Doris, Reg & Stanley)
Survived by one daughter named Jeanne Varney and two grandchildren, Ryan and Leah.
Was a very talented pianist.
Was a very talented fine artist.
Starred on stage in the late 1940s in a comic revue entitled "Gaytime". His stooge in the act was Benny Hill.
When the world's first ATM opened at Barclays Bank in north London's Enfield district 27 June 1967, Varney became the very first person to use the machine
During World War II, he served in the Royal Electrical Engineers, and entertained the troops. After the war, he appeared in seaside resort shows and pantomimes.
Suffered a heart attack in 1965 and another, more severe one, in 1981 which forced him to semi-retire from acting.
Unlike the other cast members of The Rag Trade (1961) and On the Buses (1969), he never acted in the West End at all.
Attended school in West Ham, London. After leaving school, worked at the Regent's Park Hotel. Played piano and sang in working men's clubs. Acted on stage and performed in pantomime at seaside resorts. Was still active as a pianist after his acting career had taken off, even performing in Australia and New Zealand.
Suffered a stroke in 1989 which left him with an uneven heartbeat.
Learned to drive a bus and passed the test so that he could drive the bus on the public highway (this can be seen in 'Holiday On The Buses').
During his career his year of birth was often given as 1922.
He was 52 when On the Buses (1969) started, although his character was supposed to be about 35.

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