British actor Peter Sallis, who played irrepressible, cheese-loving inventor Wallace in the Wallace and Gromit cartoons, has died, his agent said Monday. He was 96.
Sallis' talent agency, Jonathan Altaras Associates, said he died Friday at a retirement home for actors in London.
Born in London in 1921, Sallis began his working life in a bank, but caught the acting bug as a Royal Air Force serviceman during World War II. After the war, he attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and built up a diverse career onstage and in British film and television.
He became famous in Britain as a star of the long-running sitcom Last of the Summer Wine. Sallis was proud to have appeared in every episode during the show's 37-year run.
Millions around the world know his voice from animator Nick Park's Wallace and Gromit, which charted the adventures of a cheese-loving Yorkshireman with a passion for inventing wild contraptions and his level-headed, silent dog, Gromit.