Lionel Blair: veteran actor, dancer and entertainer dies aged 92

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Lionel Blair, the seasoned actor, dancer and entertainer, has died astatine the property of 92, his cause has reportedly said.

Blair, who grew up successful Stamford Hill, northbound London aft his household moved from Canada, worked connected tv arsenic an actor, pat dancer, presenter and choreographer crossed a seven-decade career. He died connected Thursday greeting surrounded by his family, his absorption institution said

The entertainer went connected to enactment successful the West End but decided to springiness up acting successful 1947 during which helium took up his signifier sanction Lionel Blair.

In the 1960s helium roseate to stardom by being portion of assortment shows arsenic portion of his creation troupe successful summation to appearing successful films including The Limping Man, A Hard Day’s Night and The Beauty Jungle.

He volition possibly beryllium astir remembered arsenic 1 of the squad captains connected Give Us A Clue, a gameshow based connected charades which aired from the 1970s until the 1990s.

Blair besides wrote a philharmonic based connected Tolstoy’s War and Peace, which toured astir the UK for six months.

In caller years, helium made appearances connected shows including Celebrity Big Brother successful 2004 and The Real Marigold Hotel.

He joined Susan Blair successful 1967 and the mates person 3 children.

Tributes person been paid by galore celebrities connected societal media. The writer Emma Kennedy tweeted: “I americium precise gladsome I got to conscionable Lionel Blair.

“He was a Phenomenon. Full of magical, fruity, extremity with a wink anecdotes. What a career. What a talent. RIPLionel.”

Danny Baker, the broadcaster, wrote connected Twitter: “A existent chum, an entertainer beyond compare, an archive of a aureate era, an immeasurable talent.

“Impossible to deliberation helium won’t beryllium successful immoderate Green country somewhere, dropping names and surviving retired fantastic tales. A Giant. Really.”

The histrion Julian Clary tweeted: “RIP beloved Lionel Blair. A showbiz trooper if ever determination was.”

In an interrogation with the Guardian in 2013, Blair discussed the concealed down his agelong matrimony to Susan. He said: “The concealed of a palmy matrimony is memories.

“You indispensable person memories together.

“That’s wherefore my dada insisted that we went everyplace together, truthful we could speech astir things.

“I’m truthful fortunate to person a woman who is simply a nest builder. Her nest is the astir important happening successful the satellite to her.”