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Beloved Liverpool comedian, game host and actor Tom O’Connor died in hospital at age 81 after a 14-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, his family said today.
Thomas Patrick O’Connor was an English comedian, TV presenter and actor. He was best known for presenting game shows such as Crosswits, The Zodiac Game, Name That Tune, Password and Gambit. Wikipedia
The veteran stand-up star spent his afternoons as a math and music teacher at St Joan of Arc School in Bootle entertaining crowds at workers’ clubs before seeing his big break in The Comedians, which provided a platform for comedians who they worked on the club circuit.
O’Connor, who was born in Bootle, Lancashire in 1939 before moving to Twickenham for college, starred in Opportunity Knocks and became a household name in the 1970s and 1980s hosting shows like Name That Tune, Crosswits, and Pick Pockets.
He continued to host his own ITV show The Tom O’Connor Show, a light entertainment and comedy show that aired at lunchtime and had a peak audience of 12 million viewers daily.
O’Connor made his acting debut in 2000 on the BBC medical soap opera Doctors as Father Tom, a Catholic priest. He also made several appearances on reality television shows in his later life, being crowned champion on Celebrity Come Dine With Me and appearing frequently on Countdown.
How old was Tom O Connor ?
He was 81 year old. October 31, 1939, Bootle, United Kingdom
Cause of Death
O’Connor has died in hospital aged 81 following a 14-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, his family said. Pictured: at the London Palladium .
In 2011 she appeared on Pointless with her daughter-in-law, former athlete Denise Lewis, to win £ 500 for her chosen charities. She also wrote an autobiography called Take A Funny Turn in 1994, which offered insight into her life both on and off screen.
In a statement, her daughter-in-law, former athlete Denise Lewis, said O’Connor passed away after a 14-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. He leaves behind a wife and four children.
Piers Morgan has directed tributes to O’Connor on Twitter, writing: ‘RIP Tom O’Connor, 81. Comedian, TV show host, Liverpool legend and a very funny man. Sad news. Thanks for all the laughs, Tom.
Former EastEnders actor Stuart Anthony paid tribute to O’Connor in a post on Twitter. He wrote: ‘It is very sad to hear that Tom O’Connor has passed away. He was a charming man with great stories. My thoughts are with his family. ‘
BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker tweeted: ‘How sad. I had the pleasure of meeting Tom O’Connor and he was kind, funny and a true gentleman. I loved watching it on TV, Crosswits was great. My condolences go out to his family and friends. ‘
Liverpool City Council said: ‘Sad news on the death of veteran Liverpool comedian Tom O’Connor. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. ‘
Tom O’Connor Quicks and Facts
- Beloved Liverpool comedian, gameshow host and actor Tom O’Connor has died in hospital aged 81
- Veteran stand-up star passed away following a 14-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, his family said
- O’Connor caught his big break on The Comedians and became household name in 70s and 80s Britain
- He went on to host TV shows including Name That Tune, Crosswits and ITV’s The Tom O’Connor Show