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Born Alfred Hawthorn Hill on 21 January 1924 in Southampton, Hill undertook a range of jobs before becoming an assistant stage manager.
Now determined to make it in show business, he changed his name to Benny in homage to Jack Benny and after appearing at working men's clubs, won the role of Reg Varney's straight man.
From there he performed extensively in radio comedy, until he won his own BBC television series in 1955.
As the 1960s arrived, he picked up an array of film credits, including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Italian Job, before moving to Thames Television in 1969 for The Benny Hill Show.
The series cemented his reputation as a saucy comic, but privately, Hill was a solitary character.
When his show was cancelled in 1989 he became a virtual recluse and died alone at his Teddington flat over Easter 1992.
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