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Voice actor Peter Sallis died from wearing the wrong trousers at the spry age of 96.  A nefarious penguin’s involvement is being investigated.

Sallis mainly starred in things that we never heard of because we’re Americans.  But he voiced the cheese-loving Wallace in the “Wallace & Gromit” series.

“Peter’s voice has been described as being as welcome as a pair of warm slippers in an uncertain world,” creator Nick Park said.  “That’s why I wanted to use him. Something about the way he said ‘cheeeese’ gave me the idea that Wallace’s mouth should be wider than his face.”

The younger Mr. Sallis worked as a bank clerk for a weekly salary of one pound, 10 shillings (which does not convert into any type of currency today because it’s too damn confusing).

His filmography includes such classics as “Danger Man,” “The Culture of Vultures,” and “Saturday Night and Sunday Morning,” “The Curse of the Werewolf,” (Not to be confused with “The Curse of the Were-Rabbit,” which he would lend his voice to later).  “Taste the Blood of Dracula, Wuthering Heights,” and “Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?”

Sallis

Sallis, being creeped out by the most terrifying cosplay ever.

Yeah, real tentpole movies.

In 1983, animator Nick Park asked Sallis to voice his character Wallace, an eccentric, cheese-loving inventor. Sallis agreed to do so for a donation of £50 to his favourite charity.

The work was eventually released in 1989 and Aardman Animations’ “Wallace and Gromit: A Grand Day Out.”  They went on to make shorts such as “The Wrong Trousers,” “A Close Shave,” and “A Matter of Loaf and Death.”

Since than, Aardman has cranked out nothing but quality work.  All of the Wallace & Gromit, The egregiously mis-spelled Shaun the Sheep, “Chicken Run,” and even the most adorable music video about preventing child molestation.

Seriously, click that link and I defy you to not get that song stuck in your head.

W&G were temporarily retired in 1996, but returned in 2005 for the Oscar-winning 2005 motion picture “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.”  A seriously funny movie.

Sallis retired and Ben Whitehead took over the role.  But Ben just doesn’t have the same ring in his voice when he says “Ooooooh, Wensleydale!”

This hit goes to: Nathaniel!  He get’s his first hit this year for ten points in what is sure to be a legendary comeback!

Happy pooling,

SPMI

Current Standings:

Wes: 140 – (Holly Dunn – 50, John Glenn – 10, Debbie Reynolds – 20, David Penrose Buckson – 10, Erin Moran – 50)

Josh: 120 – (Florence Henderson – 20, Grant Tinker – 10, Gordie Tapp – 10, Terry Edwards – 60, Chuck Barris – 20)

Jami: 100 – (Fidel Castro – 10, Bernard Frost – 20, Zsa Zsa Gabor – 10, George Michael – 50)

Team Sushi: 70 – (Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka – 30, Roger Moore – 20, Manuel Noriega – 20)

Tailgating w/ Jesus: 70 – (Ralph Branca – 10, Craig Sager – 40, Sam Ard – 30)

Lee Kwang Soo!: – 60 (Alice Drummond – 20, Dr. Henry Heimlich – 10, Hashemi Rafsanjani – 20, Lola Albright – 10)

Morrigan’s Mirror: 60 – (William Christopher – 20, Mary Tyler Moore – 20, Moulton “Pete” Marston – 20)

M: 30 – (Sir John Hurt – 30)

Gianna: 20 – (Leonard Cohen – 20)

The Mumblers: 10 – (Don Rickles – 10)

Nathaniel: 10 – (Peter Sallis – 10)

Mary: 10 – (Chuck Berry – 10)

Joanne: 10 – (Judge Joseph Wapner – 10)

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