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Arthur Bowden Askey, CBE was an English comedian and actor. Askey's humour owed much to the playfulness of the characters he portrayed, his improvisation, and his use of catchphrases, which included "Hello playmates!".
He was short (5' 2", 1.58 m), with a breezy, smiling personality, and wore distinctive horn-rimmed glasses.
During the Second World War Askey starred in several Gainsborough Pictures comedy films,
Askey carried on working on his comedy career until just before he was hospitalised in July 1982 due to poor circulation which resulted in gangrene and the amputation of both legs.