Jim Bowen Dead: 'Bullseye' Presenter And Comedian Dies, Aged 80

Jim Bowen Dead: 'Bullseye' Presenter And Comedian Dies, Aged 80

He became a household name when he began presenting Bullseye in 1981, which ran for 15 years.

Born Peter Williams in Heswall on the Wirral in 1937, Bowen was adopted as a baby by Annie and Joe Whittaker from Clayton-le-Moors, Lancashire, taking the name James Whittaker.

"I'd look at that photograph and say, 'Jim, you're a lucky lad'".

The former deputy headmaster, who was from Lancashire, began his career as a stand-up comedian on the club circuit in the 1960s.

If you love films and TV, you're going to love this. "Keep out of the black and into the red, nothing in this game for two in a bed".

Bullseye present Jim Bowen.

'I've got £100 here and it'll take me two minutes to count out'.

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Jim met Phyllis at a training college and the pair later tied the knot in 1959.

The comedian's wife Phyllis Bowen announced the passing of the comedian on BBC Radio Lancashire this afternoon. "We are all shedding a tear", Pleus said.

The couple share two children together, Peter and Susan Bowen, and have two grandchildren.

He also had a number of TV acting roles, including in Muck and Brass, Jonathan Creek, The Grimleys, and as Hoss Cartwright in the second series of Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights. He suffered from a third stroke in November 2014, which left him struggling to walk and talk.

"I've known him since the Bullseye days".

In 2011, Bowen, also known as Alf in the Tetley Bitter adverts, said he had learned to "appreciate all the things in life" after suffering two strokes. Great guy", while actor Will Mellor tweeted his own tribute, saying: "Sad news about Jim Bowen!

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