Robert Ash was born in a Staffordshire theatre into a family of actors and was brought up in the "pirate" circuses of Britain. Ash entertainment career as a child actor and began with a role in No Mother to Guide Her. During World War II Ash performed for the British Forces in Stars in Battledress. Ash also worked as a comedy performer and circus clown.
Moving to Canada
After immigrating to Canada (leaving his parents and an unknown woman), Ash's answered an ad for a television role as a clown in the CFTO program The Professor's Hideaway in 1959. (The character of Kiddo later went on to his own show, with a different actor.) After Ash left his first show, he returned to Britain, but returned shortly to Canada to create a new program for CFTO (from 1962 to 1979). Ash took early education course at Seneca College to help his work on television.
Retirement and Death
- "Children's entertainer 'Uncle Bobby' dies at 82". CTV News. 2007-05-23. Retrieved 2007-05-24.