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Comedian Tom O’Connor dies at 81

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Comedian Tom O’Connor has died in hospital in Buckinghamshire at 81.

He had had Parkinson’s for over a decade.

His son Steve Finan O’Connor said he was a unique comedian who was light years ahead of political correctness.

O’Connor rose to fame on TV show “Opportunity Knocks”.

He went on to star in The Comedians and hosted shows including Name That Tune, Crosswits and the Tom O’Connor Show.

He left a wife and four children, as well as 16 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

He started his showbusiness career as a singer, before introducing comedy into his act while he was still teaching during the day, and performing on the club circuit at night.

He became a professional entertainer in 1972, establishing himself as a household name with shows like Pick Pockets and The Zodiac Game.

He hosted Name That Tune from 1976 until 1983.

His career also saw him appearing at the Royal Variety Show at the London Palladium and being the subject of This Is Your Life.