In a sad announcement today, the agent of Peter Sallis has confirmed that the actor has passed away, at the age of 96.
Sallis first rose to fame in London is the ’50s and ’60s for his work on the stage, and starred in the first ever production of the hugely popular musical, Cabaret alongside fellow acting veteran, Dame Judi Dench. As his career grew, he began to star in British films, and eventually made it onto our TV screens in major TV shows.
But Peter Sallis is most known for his role within the Aardman Animation, Wallace and Gromit, where he voiced the eclectic inventor, Wallace. After starring in the first movie, A Grand Day Out in 1989, the animation received international acclaim – and was followed by the likes of A Close Shave, and The Wrong Trousers as Wallace and his dog, Gromit, embarked on their wacky adventures (and of course, ate lots of cheese).
After a nine-year break, Wallace and Gromit returned to our screens in 2005 for several short films that once again proved hugely popular with children and adults alike. The Curse of the Were-Rabbit even won Sallis his very own Annie Award for his voice acting. Sallis’s last job with the Aardman Animation crew came in 2010, before he retired.
During his highly successful career, he also starred as Norman ‘Cleggy’ Clegg on the British TV show, Last of the Summer Wine, which he played from 1973 until 2010.
His agent reported that Sallis died peacefully, with his loving family by his side.
He will be missed.