Roger Kitter

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Roger Kitter
BornRoger Daniel Kitter
(1949-10-20)20 October 1949
Southsea, Hampshire, UK
Died2 January 2015(2015-01-02) (aged 65)
London, England, UK
Years active1982–2015
Spouse(s)Karan David (1975–2015, his death)
Children1

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 monicker '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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roger Kitter on IMDb
  2. ^ a b Rice, Tim; Rice, Jonathan; Gambaccini, Paul (1990), Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums, Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness World Records and Guinness Publishing, ISBN 0-85112-398-8
  3. ^ Chelsea Lodge No 3098 100 Years 1905–2005
  4. ^ "Allo Allo star Roger Kitter dies". Chortle. 5 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Roger Kitter: Stand-up comedian and actor best known for taking over the role of Captain Bertorelli in Allo 'Allo!'". The Independent. 31 March 2015.

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