"Carry On" actor Jack Douglas dies aged 81

Thu Dec 18, 2008 9:19am EST
 
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Jack Douglas, the British actor best known for his role in the hit comedy "Carry On" films, died on Thursday. He was 81.

His agent Phil Dale said Douglas passed away on the Isle of Wight, where he lived with his partner Viven Howell.

"He was from a school of comedy we don't see any more," Dale told Reuters. "He was a master of British comic farce which used to be huge in the variety theatres from the 1940s to 1970s."

Douglas was mainly recognizable for his stuttering, twitchy alter ego Alf Ippititimus, a nervous caretaker character who appeared in the "Carry On" series and also on the Des O'Connor television show.

He began his acting career on the stage before moving on to television and film, and he eventually appeared in eight "Carry On" films, according to his official online biography.

Douglas also enjoyed writing and cooking, wrote "The Whey-Hey Guide to Better Cookery" and co-wrote an account of his life in showbusiness called "A Twitch in Time."

(Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato)