British Comedian Jim Bowen Dies Aged 80

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March 14, 2018 | 9:48am EST

British comedian and quiz show host Jim Bowen has died at the age of 80.
The death of the funnyman, who is best known for presenting the beloved darts-based TV game show, was confirmed by his wife Phyllis to BBC Radio Lancashire on Wednesday (14Mar18) .
Born in Heswall, England in 1937, Bowen started out as a stand-up comedian in the 1960s, performing at clubs in the north of England, and working as a teacher before getting his big break on the TV show The Comedians, which showcased club acts.
He landed the Bullseye presenting role in 1981, and hosted the show, which paired a contestant who had to answer questions with a skilled darts player looking to win them prizes, until 1995.
Bowen acted in a number of TV dramas and comedies, including the mystery series Jonathan Creek. And hee also presented a show on BBC Radio Lancashire from 1999 to 2002.
Among the stars who paid tribute to the comic were The Three Degrees singer Sheila Ferguson, who wrote on Twitter, “Jim Bowen was such a lovely, talented and gregarious man. He will be dearly missed, R.I.P”
Boxer turned entertainer Frank Bruno added, “Jim Bowen RIP great comic we worked together many times had a lot of laughs together. Jim & Ken Dodd (who died on Sunday) sad time for the entertainment industry.”
The world of darts also mourned the comedian, with legendary player Bobby George, who often appeared on Bullseye, writing, “RIP Jim Bowen! Thank you mate for the great #bullseye days we had so much fun.”
Bowen was known for coining catchphrases while hosting Bullseye, with his sayings, “You can’t beat a bit of Bully!” and “Let’s look at what you could have won” proving particularly popular.
He is survived by his wife of almost six decades and his two children, Peter and Susan.