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Drexl
07-23-09, 05:17 AM
I didn't see this posted yet. I'm sure many of us here remember him.

CTV Ottawa legend Les Lye passes away

Updated: Wed Jul. 22 2009 13:53:31

ctvottawa.ca

Actor and broadcaster Les Lye passed away on Tuesday at the age of 84.

Born in Toronto, Lye came to Ottawa after graduating from Lorne Greene's Academy of Radio Arts in 1948.

He joined CFRA Radio, where he served listeners for more than a decade. It was at CFRA, that he worked with Rich Little and they collaborated on a comedy album, 'My Fellow Canadians' - a spoof of the Diefenbaker years.

In 1961, he joined CJOH-TV as a freelance writer and performer. It was here, that he forged a long-lasting partnership with Bill Luxton. Together, they created the popular 'Willy & Floyd,' which ran for more than 20 years. Such personalities as Alanis Morissette, Klea Scott, Bruno Gerussi and Margaret Trudeau would drop by for surprise guest appearances.

Opportunity knocked when producers of 'You Can't Do That on Television' were looking for a versatile actor to play the many adult "foils" for the kids. Lye answered the call and instantly became a household name around the world.

Lye is survived by his wife Johnni, three children Brett, Daralyn and Emily.

http://ottawa.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20090722/OTT_Les_Lye_090722/20090722/?hub=OttawaHome

Cardsfan111
07-23-09, 07:32 AM
Ah, remember him well! Though it wouldn't have surprised me if you had said he had passsed away 15 years ago. :rip:

rfduncan
07-23-09, 09:12 AM
Ah, remember him well! Though it wouldn't have surprised me if you had said he had passsed away 15 years ago. :rip:
+1 He seemed pretty old when that show was still on!

RichC2
07-23-09, 09:20 AM
...he was

Charlie Goose
07-23-09, 09:28 AM
and instantly became a household name around the world.
May he rest in peace, but let's not get ridiculous here.

MrSmearkase
07-23-09, 09:30 AM
http://www.ottawacomedy.com/fusionbb/images/lye.jpg

RIP

bluetoast
07-23-09, 12:09 PM
Sad news.

JuryDuty
07-23-09, 12:49 PM
Very sad.

News has it that he passed of GS Syndrome. (http://www.theonion.com/content/node/30578) I can't tell from this story if they won the lawsuit against Nickelodeon though. I just...I don't know.

Strafe
07-23-09, 04:52 PM
Farewell Barthy!

Strafe
07-23-09, 05:35 PM
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boc4ever
07-23-09, 06:13 PM
I am truly getting old if he was 84. I thought he was a good actor.

grundle
07-23-09, 10:41 PM
R.I.P.

This is the celebrity death that has touched me the most so far this year.

JP5683
07-24-09, 03:55 AM
Wow.

Yeah, he was a lot older than most people thought when the show was on...

Great show, great characters, great guy.