Peter Sallis, who voiced Wallace from 'Wallace and Gromit,' dead at 96

Peter Sallis, who voiced Wallace in the "Wallace and Gromit" films, has died at 96.

The British actor died "peacefully with his family by his side" on Friday, according to his agents.

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In addition to his beloved voice work as Wallace, Sallis also played Norman "Cleggy" Clegg in the long-running series "Last of the Summer Wine." He was the only actor to appear in the sitcom's 295 episodes that ran from 1973 until 2010.

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"It is with sadness that we announce that our client Peter Sallis died peacefully, with his family by his side, at Denville Hall on Friday, June 2," a statement from Jonathan Altaras Associates read.

Sallis first voiced the iconic Wallace character in the short, "A Grand Day Out," in 1989. He went on to voice the character for a ton more projects: "The Wrong Trousers" (1993), "A Close Shave" (1995), "The Incredible Adventures of Wallace & Gromit" (2001), "Wallace & Gromit's Cracking Contraptions" (2002), "The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" (2005) and "A Matter of Loaf and Death" (2008), in addition to several video games.

Wallace's debut, "A Grand Day Out," won a BAFTA, while "The Wrong Trousers" and "A Close Shave" won Oscars in the '90s. "The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" also won an Academy Award, years after Sallis temporarily retired the character.

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