Leslie Phillips Dies: Leslie Phillips, 98, died after a long illness. Phillips voiced Harry Potter’s Sorting Hat. Zara told the Sun: “I’ve lost a beautiful spouse and the public has lost a really great showman. National treasure. Loved. He was surrounded.”
Who Was Leslie Phillips?
Phillips‘ representative Jonathan Lloyd announced his death Monday. The comedian appeared in 200 films, TV, and radio shows over 80 years. He was famed for uttering “Ding dong,” “I say,” and “Well, hello” provocatively.
Despite participating in four of the 31 Carry-On pictures, the actor says his catchphrases followed him throughout his career.
The only Carry On regular is 86-year-old Jim Dale. Tony Maudsley tweeted, “RIP Leslie Phillips.” He made work fun. DING DONG! (because I asked him to).
Sanjeev Bhaskar, a comedian, and actor, posted a video of the “great” Phillips on his BBC show, The Kumars at No 42, in which the late celebrity described being trapped in the London Underground by admirers demanding his catchphrases.
“A very pleasant, humorous, and polite man,” Bhaskar said. “Always liked his pater,” Irvine Welsh commented to Phillips online. Piers Morgan termed Phillips “awful news” and a “wonderful character and superb comedy performer”. “Another icon is gone, thanks for the fun old chap,” Melanie Blake wrote.
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How Did He Die?
Tottenham-born Phillips spoke estuary English. Before being invalided out, he was a lieutenant in the Durham Light Infantry from 1942 to 1945. Carry On Nurse, Teacher, and Constable, his first film since the 1930s, starring him in 1959 and 1960.
He was well known for his Doctor films and fast-paced comedies with Stanley Baxter. Brothers In Law, The Smallest Show On Earth, and The Man Who Liked Funerals featured him. 17 years on The Navy Lark with Ronnie Barker and Jon Pertwee.
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He played a Bafta-nominated dramatic role alongside Peter O’Toole in Venus (2006). Phillips performed during Tottenham Hotspur’s 2012 home match against Swansea City. Phillips received a 1998 OBE and a 2008 CBE. The 90-year-old actor had two strokes six months apart. Leslie Phillips, 98, died after a long illness.
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