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Entertainer Lionel Blair dies aged 92, agent says


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Lionel Blair has died at the age of 92, his agent has said.

Blair’s entertainment career spanned seven decades, including appearances as an actor, tap dancer, presenter and choreographer.

Blair moved to the UK from Canada at the age of two, and was best known as a team captain on the charades-style TV show Give Us A Clue.

More recently, he appeared on reality TV shows such as Celebrity Big Brother and The Real Marigold Hotel.

He grew up in Stamford Hill, north London, and was evacuated to Oxford during the war with his sister Joyce and his mother Deborah.

A short time later, they returned to London – Blair’s father, Myer, called them back after they witnessed a German plane crash.

Blair said his father had told him: “If that can happen there, what’s the point of being in the country away from each other?”.

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As a child, Blair watched stars such as Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, and Shirley Temple at the cinema before going home and copying them.

On the West End, he played the child catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium, also choreographing and appearing in TV shows featuring Ella Fitzgerald and Liza Minnelli, and a Royal Variety performance with Sammy Davis Jr.

But it was Blair’s role on Give Us A Clue for which he is best known, with the programme running on ITV from 1979 to 1992 and being shown as far away as New Zealand.

He married wife Susan in March 1967 and the couple had three children and three grandchildren.

 Sky News

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