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FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 2, 2005 file photo, British actor Peter Sallis, who voices the part of Wallace poses with a person dressed as the character 'Wallace' on arrival at the Leicester Square Odeon, London for the premiere of Wallace & Grommit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Sallis, who played irrepressible, cheese-loving inventor Wallace in the "Wallace and Gromit" cartoons, has died. He was 96. Sallis' agents, Jonathan Altaras Associates, say he died Friday, June 2, 2017 in London. (AP Photo/Paul Ashby, File)

RIP Peter Sallis, the British actor famous for 'Wallace and Gromit'


Peter Sallis, the British actor who played the quirky inventor Wallace in the "Wallace and Gromit" cartoons, has died at age 96.

According to the Associated Press, his agents, Jonathan Altaras Associates, said Sallis died on Friday in London at a retirement home for actors. 

Sallis died surrounded by family.

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.
Jonathan Altaras Associates on Sallis' death

Sallis was born in 1921 and began his working life in a bank before joining the Royal Air Force as a serviceman in World War II.

After the war, Sallis attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He built up his repertoire acting onstage and in film and television. Sallis gained notoriety in Britain for his role in the sitcom "Last of the Summer Wine."

But Sallis became famous around the world for his "Wallace and Gromit" character, Wallace, which followed the cheese-loving inventor's adventures with his silent dog Gromit. Two of the cartoon's films won Academy Awards.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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