OVER the years there have been many iconic actors that will always be remembered, long after they pass away.
Someone who leaves behind an incredible legacy is comedy actor, Bob Grant.
How did Bob Grant die?
Actor Robert St Clair Grant, known by his stage name of Bob Grant, was born April 14, 1932, in West London.
He was a much-loved comedy actor, who's career kicked off in the 50s.
Sadly, Bob battled with depression, which ultimately led to him ending his own life in 2003. He was 71.
His last acting role was in Funny Money at Devonshire Park Theatre in July 1998.
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What was Bob Grant famous for?
Bob trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, working in his spare time as a frozen food salesman and also, coincidentally, as a bus driver.
The reason this is interesting, is because he was best known for being a star in hit sitcom, On The Buses.
Bob played cheeky bus conductor Jack Harper in the comedy that ran from 1969 to 1973.
He also co-wrote 11 episodes, and one special, with co-star Stephen Lewis.
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The show was a huge success with viewers, and led to three feature films On the Buses (1971), Mutiny on the Buses (1972) and Holiday on the Buses (1973).
When On the Buses finished, Bob found himself heavily typecast as Jack.
Moving away from TV, he switched his attention to radio and theatre work.
The star toured Australia with the stage show No Sex Please, We're British, and also continued to appear in musicals and pantomimes.
In 1980, Bob played the title role in John Arden's BBC radio adaptation of Don Quixote, with Bernard Cribbins as Sancho Panza.
After this, the actor won praise for playing a cockney detective inspector in The Red Telephone Box, which was a comedy thriller by Ken Whitmore on BBC Radio 4.
On stage he later played Autolycus in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale for the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
Was Bob Grant married and did he have children?
Bob was married three times during his life, with his first wife being Jean Hyett, who he wed in 1954.
After the couple divorced he married his second wife Christine Sally Kemp in 1962.
When the split, Bob married his third spouse Kim Benwell.
The pair wed in 1971 when On The Buses was at its peak.
On their big day huge crowds outside the register office, and the couple had to abandon their hired Rolls-Royce and walk to the reception.
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A double-decker bus was also provided for the guests, to pay homage to Bob's hit comedy.
The couple stayed together until his death in 2003.
You’re Not Alone
EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.
It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.
The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.
Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You're Not Alone.
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
- CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
- Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
- Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
- Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
- Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
- Movember, www.uk.movember.com
- Anxiety UK www.anxietyuk.org.uk, 03444 775 774 Monday-Friday 9.30am-10pm, Saturday/Sunday 10am-8pm
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