Patton Brothers

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The Patton Brothers
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Jimmy (right) and Brian Elliott, as The Patton Brothers, on stage at the Futurist Theatre in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, August 2013
BornJimmy Elliott
(1931-08-20)20 August 1931
Brian Elliott
(1934-09-04) 4 September 1934 (age 84)
Kent, England
25 July 2019(2019-07-25) (aged 87)
MediumTelevision and stage
Years active1954–2019
Valerie Elliott (–2010)

Amy Phillips (m. 2017–2019)

Brian: Rachel Elliott
ChildrenJimmy: 1
Notable works and rolesChuckleVision (1990–2009; various episodes)

The Patton Brothers, comprising Jimmy Elliott (20 August 1931 – 25 July 2019) and Brian Elliott (born 4 September 1934[citation needed]), were an English comedy double act and the two older brothers of Barry and Paul Elliott, the Chuckle Brothers. They began their career as a double act in 1954.

Jimmy Elliott started his pantomime career straight out of school in 1946, and was joined by Brian in 1956 for Aladdin at the New Wimbledon Theatre, London.

Both Jimmy and Brian made appearances in the children's television series ChuckleVision, alongside their younger brothers Paul and Barry. Jimmy is known as No Slacking due to the catchphrase that he constantly has to relay to the Chuckle Brothers and Brian is known as Get out of it! for similar reasons.

For three months, all four brothers appeared together on the game show 3-2-1 with Ted Rogers on 17 April 1982 (Season 4, Episode 13), and also on New Faces. Afterwards, Jimmy and Brian returned to being the Patton Brothers.


Jimmy and Brian both grew up in Rotherham, like their brothers the Chuckle Brothers, but were born in Kent. Their late brother Colin never became an actor, and their late sister Sheila was married to the actor Bill Waddington, who played Percy Sugden in Coronation Street. Jimmy and Brian are the sons of Jimmy Elliot, a comedian who later became known as Gene Patton as there was already a Jimmy Elliot in the business. When Jimmy left school, he joined "Britain's Dead End Kids" in 1946 and performed in five pantomimes before Brian joined and teamed up with Jimmy. Jimmy and Brian got their big break in 1956 when they performed in an Aladdin pantomime as Chinese Policemen, a role that they have performed eight times since. Other roles have included: Ugly Sisters, Broker's Men, Henchmen and Chief and Dame. They have appeared alongside many British pantomime favourites such as Barbara Windsor, Ronnie Corbett, the Chuckle Brothers (their real life siblings) and John Inman.

In September 2015, Jimmy became engaged to a 26-year-old ChuckleVision fan he had met via Facebook, a relationship with a 59-year age gap between the two.[1] The couple married on 15 April 2017.[2] On 25 July 2019, Jimmy died of cancer.[3]


  1. ^ Coley, Jackson. "Chuckle Brother star to marry fan 59 years younger than him". Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Chuckle Brother and South Yorkshire resident Jimmy Patton, 85, weds 26-year-old girlfriend". Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  3. ^ Starkey, Adam (25 July 2019). "Paul Chuckle 'devastated' after brother Jimmy Patton dies aged 87".

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