(1928–2003) English television presenter, comedian, and actor. Educated at Dulwich College, he undertook national service in the Royal Air Force from 1946. His early career was in variety theatre with summer seasons and variety bills in venues as diverse as the King's Southsea, the Blackpool Wintergardens, and the Glasgow Alhambra. He has written material for Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Jerry Lewis. He appeared in musicals and revues including Sauce Piquante (1950) with Tommy Cooper and Norman Wisdom, as well as in the original London casts of Cole Porter's Aladdin (1959) and Rodgers and Hart's The Boys from Syracuse (1963), where he played Antipholus of Syracuse to Denis Quilley's Antipholus of Ephesus. He appeared in the first Carry On film, Carry on Sergeant (1958). He has also appeared in numerous television and radio variety shows, quiz shows, sitcoms, and dramas, and is a celebrated after-dinner speaker.
From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance in Oxford Reference.