British actor Peter Sallis, the voice of Wallace in the animated series “Wallace and Gromit” and a longtime sitcom actor for “Last of the Summer Wine,” died at Denville Hall surrounded by his family on June 2.
Sallis was best known in America for his voice work as Wallace, a cheese-loving character in the animated series that went from obscurity to earning three Oscar awards.
By the time Sallis gained widespread recognition as Wallace and on the popular British sitcom, he had already worked for 25 years in the theatre and television business, The Guardian reported.
Nick Park was an unknown student when he approached Sallis to star in his animated series in 1983, and Sallis allegedly agreed to do so in exchange for a 50-pound donation to his favorite charity, The Guardian reported.
"Working with him was always a delight," Park said, the BBC reported, "and I will miss his wry, unpredictable humor and silliness—that started the moment he greeted you at the door, and didn’t stop when the mic was switched off."
"Alongside 'Last of the Summer Wine,' Peter Sallis featured in many of the BBC’s most popular programmes," said BBC General Director Tony Hall, The Guardian reported. "He was a marvelous actor — who could forget that remarkable voice? Peter will be greatly missed by his many fans. Our thoughts are with his family and friends."
Twitter memorialized Sallis as a funny actor who will be missed.
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