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    Default British comedy star Reg Varney dies at 92 after short illness

    This'll be a heartbreaker for the Brit's on the board.


    British comedy star Reg Varney dies at 92 after short illness - Yahoo! Canada News

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    LONDON - Reg Varney, a comic actor who played a cheery Cockney bus driver in British sitcom "On the Buses," died Sunday, his daughter said. He was 92.

    Jeanne Marley said Varney died at a nursing home in Budleigh Salterton, southwest England, after a short illness.

    Born in east London in 1916, Varney began his career as a singer, piano player and comic in the rough-and-tumble world of pubs, music halls and working men's clubs. He joined the Royal Electrical Engineers during the Second World War but continued to perform as part of a touring show entertaining the troops.

    After the war he kept touring the music hall circuit and played a variety of television roles before becoming a household name in Britain with "On the Buses." Varney played Stan Butler, a happy-go-lucky driver tormented by the ire of his irascible boss, Inspector Blake.

    With its cheeky humour and large doses of slapstick, the show was a huge hit, running for seven series between 1969 and 1973. It was exported around the world, spawned three feature films and a stage show, and remains enduringly popular.

    Varney also secured his place in history by making the world's first withdrawal from an ATM, at a branch of Barclays Bank in Enfield, north London in 1967.

    Varney's wife Lilian died in 2002. He is survived by his daughter, two grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
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    (all together is a chorus - from the Brits on the board....) Who????

    Sad news, but he's not done anything for years, has he? They don't even do "on the buses" re-runs...

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    Aw come on - it's about the same time as Are You Being Served.

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    Actually it was a lot earlier - and it was on ITV not BBC - that made a difference too.



    Series: 10
    Episodes: 69
    Transmitted: 1972-83
    Channel: BBC1
    BBC Television - Are you being served


    Series: 7
    Episodes: 74
    Transmitted: 1969-73
    Channel: ITV
    London Weekend Television - On the Buses

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    I hadn't even known he was still alive.

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    Wasn't he one of England's most beloved comedic actors??

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    RIP Reg i still watch "On the Buses" with my dad he's going to be gutted when i tell him the news.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AgentOrange View Post
    Wasn't he one of England's most beloved comedic actors??
    Not to me, but it does look like Sharon_B's Dad is going to be gutted!

    (I did think that Budleigh Salterton was a fictional place tho, especially after Giles Wemmbley-Hogg's from there.....)

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    Quote Originally Posted by AgentOrange View Post
    Wasn't he one of England's most beloved comedic actors??
    Not that I'd particularly noticed. His "heyday" was in the 60's and 70's and he doesn't seem to have done much in the way of TV work for 20-odd years.

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