Image caption Peter Sallis became a household name in the UK in the comedy Last Of The Summer Wine

Peter Sallis was better known as the mild-mannered Norman Clegg in Last-place of the Summer Wine.

By the time he first appeared in the persona “youve already” carved out a prominent job in the theater and on television.

His role as the flat-capped philosopher fixed him the longest-serving shed member of the much-loved series.

And he reached an even more extensive gathering as the expres of Wallace, the cheese-loving reputation in the animated sequence, Wallace and Gromit.

Peter Sallis was bear on 1 February 1921 in Twickenham, Middlesex.

After accompanying Minchinden Grammar School in Southgate , north London, where the family had moved, he imitated “his fathers” and went to work in a bank.

The playing defect first impressed during his wartime service in the RAF, when he was asked to play the lead role in an amateur production of Noel Coward’s play Hay Fever.

“Acting is a matter of instinct, ” he afterward alleged when appearing on Desert Island Discs. “As soon as I was on the stage I only detected so at home.”

Image caption Peter Sallis( third from privilege) as Snug in a 1958 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

When strifes terminated he recruited at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art( Rada ).

His first professional figure came in 1946 and for the next six decades he was rarely out of work.

Throughout the 1950 s he made a honour for himself as a dependable character performer playing everything from Shakespeare to Chekhov.


His first play with a adept give was a production of Three Sisters, where he seemed alongside Ralph Richardson and Celia Johnson.

He had cinema roles in Anastasia, The VIPs and Wuthering Heights, but it was for his television job that he was better known.

He had already behaved in two TV toys by scribe Roy Clarke, in one playing a transvestite, before landing the responsibilities of Clegg in a Comedy Playhouse episode entitled Of Funerals and Fish.

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Image caption Wallace was simulated on Sallis

This was successful enough for the BBC to fee a series with the revision of the name Last of the Summer Wine.

Surprisingly, given its last-minute success, the first succession was not well received by either publics or pundits.

Sallis recalled that filming of the early bout was enlivened by off-screen statements between his fellow actors Michael Bates and Bill Owen.

“Michael Bates was somewhere to the right of Margaret Thatcher, ” he replied. “And Bill Owen was somewhere to the left of Lenin. It was all incomprehensible to me as I’d never had a government design in my life.”

Modern classics

The series precipitated an respect civilization and a inundate of tourists to the Yorkshire village where it was filmed.

Sallis said, “You would not find me coming up to anything crazy that Clegg gets up to, but I have been very lucky to be a part of it all.”

Image caption Peter Sallis, Bill Owen and Michael Bates – the original trio in Last-place of the Summer Wine

As well as Summer Wine, Sallis appeared in the Pallisers and The Diary of Samuel Pepys. In add-on, he wrote a place gambling, End of Term, and likewise a handful of radio plays.

Despite calling himself “only mildly well-known”, after 30 years of toy Clegg, Sallis’s face was one of “the worlds largest” familiar on British television.

And in 1992 his tone became recognisable across the world, when his distinctive moods forgiveness the character of Wallace in Nick Park’s celebrated animation films.

As one half of Wallace and Gromit, he appeared in such modern classics as The Bad Trousers and A Close Shave.

Asked for the muse behind Wallace, Nick Park announced Sallis his automatic choice and explained how the actor had even helped influence the character’s front.

He told: “There was something about his expres that somehow vowed I represent Wallace’s cheek certainly wide-eyed to get it around the syllables.”

Peter Sallis considered himself very fortunate to be in the mitts of talented scriptwriters.

But his own gentle sort and natural timing certainly facilitated appoint comic reputations of abiding and wide-ranging appeal.

It was with the mild-mannered Clegg that he seemed most at home.

“I am like him in many ways. I am moderately retiring and do not are keen to the centre of attention. I repute I’m well cast.”

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