Barry Chuckle, one half of comedy duo the Chuckle Brothers, dies aged 73

Written by on August 5, 2018

The famous entertainer has died, confirmed today by his manager

Real name Barry Elliott, he had starred alongside his brother, Paul, in BBC show ChuckleVision between 1987 and 2009.

Manager Phil Dale said in a statement: “It is with great sadness that the family announce that Barry passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife Ann and all his family.”

His comedy partner Paul said: “I’ve not just lost my brother, I’ve lost my theatrical partner of many, many years and my very best friend.”

Celebrities including Limmy, Tinchy Stryder and Anthony Ogogo have paid tribute tot he comedian on social media.

In 2014, the brothers collaborated with Tinchy Stryder on a track, To Me, To You (Bruv), which referenced their famous catchphrase. On Sunday the rapper tweeted: “Funny, Down to earth, super cool, talented, humble legend. Rest in peace Barry Chuckle!”

The music video went viral and their manager said at the time: “It was just a bit of fun to see what could happen because they really got on with each other.

“Then they came back and filmed the video. You couldn’t put it together if you tried but it was just the very fact that they were having fun with Tinchy, and he was having fun with them and they got on like a house on fire. They still contact each other all the time.”

The CBeebies presenter Chris Jarvis paid tribute to the children’s entertainer on social media, writing: “On screen he was hilarious, on stage even more so but off stage Barry was also the kindest of gentlemen. RIP Barry. Love to all his family including all the brothers.”

The brothers had recently filmed a new series, Chuckle Time, for Channel 5. Elliott was unwell towards the end of filming and summer work was cancelled while he rested at his doctor’s request, but his health deteriorated.

A cause of death is currently unknown.

Born in Rotherham, the brothers had an early introduction to showbusiness through their father, James Patton Elliott, an entertainer who had worked with a young Peter Sellers.

The brothers got their first break by winning the talent show Opportunity Knocks in 1967. By the 1970s, the pair were regulars on New Faces. The 1980s spawned both The ChuckleHounds and ChuckleVision, which ran for 22 years. They also presented the 1990s gameshow To Me… To You…

They have remained well-regarded by the public throughout their career which peaked in 2015 at a set at Bestival during which they received a “hero’s welcome.”

In June 2018, the brothers returned to television for Channel 5 series Chuckle Time, a You’ve Been Framed!-style series in which the entertainers react to funny videos sent in by the British public. Its 12-episode run is expected to end in September.

Eight years ago, Barry – who hailed from Rotherham – found himself at the centre of a social media death hoax following which the entertainer created a Facebook page to confirm he was alive and well.

Barry is survived by his wife, Ann.

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