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Entertainer Barry Chuckle dies at 73

Entertainer Barry Chuckle dies at 73

Barry (left) and his brother Paul starred in ChuckleVision
Barry Chuckle, half of the comedy duo the Chuckle Brothers, has died aged 73.The entertainer, whose real name was Barry Elliott, starred in ChuckleVision with his brother Paul on the BBC between 1987 and 2009.Paul said: "I've not just lost my brother, I've lost my theatrical partner of many, many years and my very best friend."Earlier this year, the brothers returned to the small screen with a new show, Chuckle Time, on Channel 5.Manager Phil Dale said: "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.
"The family would like to express their thanks to the many people who have been fans of the Chuckle Brothers and they know that they will share in part the great, great loss they feel."The duo had started their careers as The Chuckles on ITV talent show Opportunity Knocks in 1967.Last year, Barry Chuckle appeared in a short film The Funniest Man in the World about the later life of Joseph Grimaldi, the 19th century "king of clowns".
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