Orville The Duck Ventriloquist Keith Harris Dies Aged 67

By : Sam Ridgway |


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Keith Harris, the ventriloquist who brought us Orville The Duck, has died aged 67.

He passed away last night at Blackpool’s Victoria Hospital following a long fight with cancer. His career in showbiz spanned more than 50 years.

The father-of-three was a regular fixture on Saturday night TV in the 1980’s and even had a top four hit with ‘Orville’s Song’ in 1982 – which sold 400,000 copies.

Speaking about his death, Keith’s agent, Robert C Kelly, said:

It is with great sadness I announce the death of my friend and client Keith Harris whom I have known for well over 20 years and managed for the past 15 years.

I spoke to Keith most days whether we had business to do or not. I think I laughed every single time we spoke. Keith was not only a technically great ventriloquist, he was also a gifted mimic and an extraordinarily funny man both onstage and off.

Perhaps even rarer than that in showbiz, he was a thoroughly decent man, a great friend and a wonderful father and husband.

The family have asked for privacy at this time.

RIP Keith. We send our thoughts to the Harris family.


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