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Peter Sallis

Peter Sallis

Peter John Sallis OBE (1 February 1921 – 2 June 2017) was a well known British actor.

In 1984, he did the voice of Rat in the stop motion animated series The Wind In The Willows after Ian Carmichael who had originally voiced the character in the 1983 film took on the role of narrating.

Peter is also best known for his role of Norman "Cleggy" Clegg in the BBC sitcom Last of the Summer Wine and voicing the wacky cheese-loving inventor Wallace in the Aardman Animation series Wallace and Gromit where he did four short episodes, a movie and a tv series called Wallace and Gromit's Cracking Contraptions, but now Ben Whitehead takes over.

Due to a condition of macular degeneration, he retired from acting in 2012.

He died from natural causes at the age of 96 in 2017 and was buried next to his fellow Last of the Summer Wine co-star Bill Owen in Yorkshire, the very place where the programme was filmed.

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