Peter Sallis

Born Feb 1, 1921

Peter Sallis, OBE is an English actor and entertainer, well known for his work on British television. Although he was born and brought up in London, his two most notable roles require him to adopt the accents and mannerisms of a Northerner. Sallis is best known for his role as the main character Norman Clegg in the long-running British TV comedy Last of the Summer Wine, set in a Yorkshire town.… Read More

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1921 Birth Born in 1921.


1946 25 Years Old Sallis started as an amateur actor during his four years with the RAF when one of his students offered him the lead in an amateur production. His success in the role caused him to resolve to become an actor after the war, and so he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, making his first professional appearance on the London stage in 1946. Sallis married Elaine Usher at St John's Wood Church in London on 9 February 1957; Their son, Timothy Crispian Sallis, was born in 1959. … Read More


1958 37 Years Old His first notable television role was as Samuel Pepys in the BBC serial of the same name in 1958.


1961 40 Years Old In 1961, he appeared as Gordon in the "Find and Destroy" episode of Danger Man. … Read More
1965 44 Years Old He was Doctor Watson to Fritz Weaver's Sherlock Holmes in the Broadway musical Baker Street in 1965. … Read More
1970 49 Years Old In 1970, he was cast in the BBC comedy series The Culture Vultures, which saw him play stuffy Professor George Hobbs to Leslie Phillips's laid-back rogue Dr Michael Cunningham. … Read More


1973 52 Years Old In 1973 he played a priest in the TV film Frankenstein: The True Story, and the following year he played Mr Bonteen in the BBC period drama The Pallisers.
1976 55 Years Old Between 1976 and 1978 he appeared in the children's series The Ghosts of Motley Hall, in which he played Arnold Gudgin, an estate agent who did not want to see the hall fall into the wrong hands.
1977 56 Years Old In 1977 he played Rodney Gloss in the BBC series Murder Most English.
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In 1978, he starred alongside Northern comic actor David Roper in the ITV sitcom Leave it to Charlie as Charlie's pessimistic boss. … Read More


1983 62 Years Old In 1983, he was the narrator on Rocky Hollow a show produced by Bumper Films who later produced Fireman Sam.
1984 63 Years Old Between 1984 and 1989, he alternated with Ian Carmichael as the voice of Rat in the British television series The Wind in the Willows, based on the book by Kenneth Grahame and produced by Cosgrove Hall Films. … Read More
1989 68 Years Old Sallis achieved great success when, in 1989 he voiced Wallace, the eccentric inventor in Aardman Animations' Wallace and Gromit: A Grand Day Out. This film won a BAFTA award and was followed by the Oscar-winning films The Wrong Trousers in 1993 and A Close Shave in 1995.
1996 75 Years Old Though the characters were temporarily retired in 1996, Sallis has returned to voice Wallace in several short films and in the Oscar-winning 2005 motion picture Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, for which he won an Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production.
2008 87 Years Old In 2008, Sallis voiced an new Wallace and Gromit adventure, A Matter of Loaf and Death. Most recently, in 2010 he provided the voice for Wallace in the TV show Wallace and Gromit's World of Invention. After Sallis retired the role, he passed the voice of Wallace to Ben Whitehead. Sallis was awarded the OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in 2007 for services to Drama.
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…  He also recorded on behalf of the society a television appeal, which was broadcast on BBC One on 8 March 2009.
2014 93 Years Old In May 2014, Nick Park said that Sallis is "not too well" and that problems with his eyes are worsening, frustrating possibilities that Sallis might voice Wallace again.
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