Wallace And Gromit Star Peter Sallis Dies

Peter Sallis reads a script, on the occasion of his 87th birthday, whilst in the studio recording for the forthcoming Wallace & Gromit TV special 'A Matter of Loaf & Death', (TX: TBC Christmas 2008) at The Sound Company, in London.

Peter Sallis, who was the voice of Wallace in the beloved clay animation Wallace And Gromit, has died aged 96.

The actor also starred in the long-running sitcom Last Of The Summer Wine, playing Norman Clegg between 1973 and 2010.

Sallis died peacefully with his family by his side on 2 June, his agents announced.

His role as Wallace, a loveable inventor with a penchant for Wensleydale cheese and a canine companion called Gromit, made his voice famous around the world.

He first became involved with the show after its creator Nick Park wrote to Sallis when he was a student in 1983 – and asked him to voice the clay character.

Sallis agreed, on the condition that £50 was donated to his favourite charity.

The cartoon went on to scoop several Academy Awards – with Sallis speaking of his delight at becoming an unlikely Hollywood star and enjoying success so late on in his career.

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