Roger Kitter

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Roger Kitter (20 October 1949 – 3 January 2015) was an English actor best known for playing Captain Alberto Bertorelli in series 7 of the British sitcom TV series 'Allo 'Allo!.[1] He had previously appeared weekly with Lulu throughout the 10-week run of her 1973 BBC1 series It's Lulu. With Kaplan Kaye he also recorded a song "Chalk Dust – the Umpire Strikes Back" using the moniker 'The Brat'.[2] Released on the Hansa label, it entered the UK Singles Chart on 10 July 1982; it reached a peak of number 19, and remained in the chart for 8 weeks.[2] The song was a Top 10 hit in the Netherlands, Belgium and South Africa, and lampooned John McEnroe complaining about line calls in tennis ("The ball's in, everyone can see that the ball's in!").[citation needed] He was also an impressionist, who provided the voice of Tommy Cooper in the Lego 'Kipper' advertisement.

A Freemason, he was a member of the Chelsea Lodge No. 3098, made up of entertainers.[3] On 25 September 2009 he became Chairman of the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund.

Kitter died from cancer on 3 January 2015, aged 65.[4][5]


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