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Peter Sallis (1921 - 2017)

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Peter Sallis (1921 - 2017)

Peter Sallis, the British television actor who provided the voice of the cheese-obsessed Wallace in the Oscar-winning "Wallace and Gromit" clay animation comedy films, died Friday, June 2, 2017, in London, according to multiple news sources. He was 96.

Sallis also played mild-mannered Norman "Cleggy" Clegg on the British sitcom "Last of the Summer Wine" from 1973 until 2010. He was the only actor on the series to appear in all 295 episodes.

His other television credits included "Frankenstein: The True Story," "The Wind in the Willows," "First of the Summer Wine," and "Wallace and Gromit's World of Invention."

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Sallis was born Feb. 1, 1921, in Middlesex, England. He started acting as an amateur after joining the Royal Air Force during World War II. After his service, he trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. In 1946, he made his professional stage debut in London.

Sallis won an Annie Award for voice acting in a feature production for the film "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005). He also voiced Wallace in the 2001 film "The Incredible Adventures of Wallace and Gromit" and 2002's "Wallace and Gromit's Cracking Contraptions." In all, he had more than two dozen movie credits.

He retired from acting in 2010.

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