Comedian and BBC Radio 4 ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue’ stalwart Barry Cryer dies at the age of 86
- Comedian was stalwart on BBC Radio 4’s panel game ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue
- He also wrote for legends, including The Two Ronnies and Morcambe and Wise
- Cryer, originally from Leeds, was made an OBE in 2001 for services to comedy
English writer, comedian and actor Barry Cryer has died at the age of 86.
The legendary comedian was a stalwart on BBC Radio 4’s popular panel game ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue’.
He also wrote for many household names, including Sir Bruce Forsyth, The Two Ronnies and Morecambe and Wise.
Today tributes have flooded in for the star, who is originally from Leeds and who was made an OBE in 2001 for services to comedy.
English writer, comedian and actor Barry Cryer (pictured here in 1979) has died at the age of 86
The comedian (pictured here with his wife Terry in 2009) was a stalwart on BBC Radio 4’s popular panel game ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue’
Today tributes have flooded in for the star, who is originally from Leeds and who was made an OBE in 2001 (pictured here with his family) for services to comedy
Close friend, the actor, broadcaster, writer and former politician Gyles Brandreth, today wrote on Twitter: ‘Baz was just the loveliest guy: funny and generous.
‘He’d worked with everybody & everybody he worked with liked him.
‘I shall miss his happy company so much – & his regular phone calls: he gave you a gem of a joke with each one.’
Actor, comedian, screenwriter and director Mark Gattis also paid tribute, he wrote: ‘Barry Cryer was the real deal. An incredibly funny man who worked with – and wrote for – the giants of comedy.
‘Yet he remained forever curious and delighted by whatever was fresh and original.
‘Kind, encouraging, generous and a one off. Goodbye, Cheeky.’
Presenter Piers Morgan today wrote: ‘RIP Barry Cryer, 86. Such a warm, funny and talented man. A giant of British comedy. Thanks for all the laughs, Barry.’
Fellow Comedy legend Stephen Fry wrote: ‘Such sad news, one of the absolute greats of British comedy, Barry Cryer, is no more.
‘A glorious, gorgeous, hilarious and gifted writer and performer who straddled all the comic traditions. Universally beloved … farewell, Baz.’
Food critic Jay Rayner, posting on Twitter, added: ‘Farewell to the great Barry Cryer. A comic genius and a very, very lovely man.
‘Had a habit of phoning people on their birthday and telling them a joke. It was always a good one. But then his jokes always were.’