Barry Chuckle, one half of the legendary comedy duo known as the Chuckle Brothers, passed away today of unknown causes. He was 73 years old.
Chuckle, whose real name was Barry Elliot, rose to fame after appearing on ITV talent shows with his brother Paul, including on Opportunity Knocks and New Faces in 1967 and 1974. The duo then starred in a BBC show called ChuckleVision from 1987 to 2009.
His manager Phil Dale announced his passing, writing, “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 brother Paul added, “I’ve not just lost my brother, I’ve lost my theatrical partner of many, many years and my very best friend.”
Dale also said, “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.” He also added that Barry “leaves 50 years of laughter as his legacy, which is something very special“.
Speaking for the distraught Paul, his wife Sue wrote on Twitter, “Paul has asked me to send a message to thank EVERYONE for your lovely messages this morning, he is absolutely devastated so unable to respond himself but your messages really do help and he knows Barry would [be] so happy to know how much he was loved, Sue X.”
The duo became known for their slapstick humor on ChuckleVision and the catchphrase, “To me, to you.” They made several more television appearances over the duration of their career, including on Celebrity Coach Trip in 2009, which they won.
The brothers returned to television recently with a show called Chuckle Time on Channel 5. According to BBC, Barry was unwell towards the ending of the filming and summer work was cancelled so that he could rest at his doctor’s insistence. His health continued to deteriorate after that.
Barry Chuckle’s exact cause of death is currently unknown.