Stan Stennett

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Stan Stennett
Stan Stennett.jpg
Stennett in 2008
Born Stanley Llewelyn Stennett
(1925-07-30)30 July 1925
Pencoed, Bridgend, Wales, UK
Died 26 November 2013(2013-11-26) (aged 88)
Cardiff, Wales, UK
Occupation Musician, comedian, actor

Stanley Llewelyn "Stan" Stennett MBE (30 July 1925 – 26 November 2013) was a Welsh comedian, actor and jazz musician.

Stennett was born in Pencoed, Bridgend.[1] During World War II, he served in the army and also worked as an entertainer. He made his professional stage debut with a group called the Harmaniacs. He later became resident comedian on a radio show, Welsh Rarebit, but his break was being chosen as one of the regular comedy guests on The Black and White Minstrel Show.[citation needed]

Although primarily a comedian, who appeared in variety shows and pantomime throughout the UK, Stennett played "straight" acting roles in television programmes such as Coronation Street and Casualty. He was best known as Sid Hooper in the ITV soap opera, Crossroads, before taking a lease in 1980 on the Roses Theatre (Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire).[citation needed]

Stennett was a friend of Eric Morecambe, and hosted the show that was to be Morecambe's final performance on 27 May 1984, immediately after which Morecambe died of a heart attack.[2] Stennett played trumpet and guitar. In his 80s he was still performing onstage. His autobiography, Fully Booked, was published in 2010.[3]

Stennett was initiated into the exclusive fraternity, the Grand Order of Water Rats in 1959 and was a Fellow of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.[4]

Death[edit]

Stennett died in a hospital in Cardiff on 26 November 2013, at the age of 88.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Guardian obituary, 26 November 2013. Accessed 7 December 2013
  2. ^ "Poignant tribute to Eric". Chortle. 27 May 1984. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Welsh Icons: profile of Stan Stennett". 
  4. ^ "Biography of a Water Rat". 
  5. ^ "Entertainer Stan Stennett dies aged 88". 26 November 2013 – via www.bbc.co.uk. 

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