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

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Sallis died at Denville Hall, a retirement home for actors, just outside of London.

Peter Sallis, the voice behind Wallace and Gromit and star of Last of the Summer Wine has died.

He was famous in his native Britain for his role in "Last of the Summer Wine", the longest-running sitcom in that nation's history.

A new generation found a love for the actor as the the voice of Wallace, the cheese-loving character in the animated Wallace and Gromit films.

Wallace and Gromit in action.

To Park's great surprise, Sallis said yes.

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Tributes to comedy legend Peter Sallis have been popping up all over the internet today in the hours since his death was announced. It first aired in 1973 and finished in 2010, when Mr Sallis spoke the last lines of the series. "Two more short films followed "A Grand Day Out:' 'The Wrong Trousers" in 1993, and 'A Close Shave" in 1995. To still be involved in a project like this at my age is heart-warming.

Clarke said: "I would like to testify to his bravery because for many years he had eye problems and he could barely read a script, but you would never know because I never heard him complain".

"It's pleasing knowing millions are going to see your work and enjoy it, to have a legacy like this is very comforting". Sallis said of the show: "You would not find me getting up to anything insane that Clegg gets up to, but I have been very lucky to be a part of it all".

"Peter had naturally amusing bones and was a great storyteller and raconteur off stage too and would keep us amused for hours".

Our thoughts are with his friends and family. He was a marvellous actor - who could forget that remarkable voice?

He is survived by his son, Timothy Crispian Sallis, an art director who worked on "Aliens", "Driving Miss Daisy" and "Gladiator". "That's the way I like it", he said.

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