Wallace and Gromit star Peter Sallis dies

News 06/06/2017

British actor Peter Sallis, best known for his work on Wallace and Gromit and Last of the Summer Wine, has died at the age of 96.

"It is with sadness that we announce that our client Peter Sallis died peacefully, with his family by his side, at Denville Hall on Friday, June 2," his agents said in a statement.

Sallis provided the voice of the titular Wallace in the Nick Park films - three of which won Oscars - after the filmmaker wrote to him personally. He agreed to be involved in the first in exchange for a £50 donation to his chosen charity.

Park said Sallis "was always my first and only choice for Wallace".

"He brought his unique gift and humour to all that he did, and encapsulated the very British art of the droll and understated," he added.

In Britain's longest-running sitcom, Last of the Summer Wine, Sallis played Norman Clegg and was proud to have appeared in every episode during the show's 37-year run.