British Actor Peter Sallis, Wallace and Gromit Voice Star, Dies at 96

Peter got bitten by the acting bug when he was serving in the RAF as a young man and was asked to take a role in an amateur production of Noel Coward's play "Hay Fever" and he later admitted that he felt "so at home" as soon as he stepped on stage.

"He was always my first and only choice for Wallace", he said.

He appeared in films like The Curse of the Werewolf, Taste the Blood of Dracula, and Wuthering Heights, and TV series like Danger Man, Doctor Who, and the historical BBC show Samuel Pepys, in which Sallis played the titular English politician and diarist.

"They don't come along very often like Peter Sallis - he was a unique character, on and off screen, and an absolute honour to have known him".

"Acting is a matter of instinct", he said on an episode of the BBC radio series "Desert Island Discs".

As a student Park wrote to Sallis in 1983 asking him to be the voice of Wallace, and Sallis agreed on the condition that his £50 fee when to a charity of his choosing.

"Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time".

He was the last remaining member of the original Last Of The Summer Wine trio.

Clarke admitted he gave Sallis "all the best lines" as he praised the star's dry sense of humour and his committed work ethic. "I am lucky to have been involved".

However, Sallis began his career in theatre.

"He was tremendous, he just carried on".

The actor died in his sleep on Friday, reports The Guardian.

Sallis was honored by writer and director Edgar Wright, who tweeted, "Farewell Peter Sallis, warm and amusing in Last of the Summer Wine and just pure magic as the voice of Wallis in the Aardman animations", and Nick Park who wrote, "I'm so sad, but feel so grateful and privileged to have known and worked with Peter over so many years", among many others.

Peter Sallis has died at the age of 96.

  • Salvatore Jensen