November 17, 2008 / 2:57 AM / 10 years ago

"On The Buses" actor Reg Varney dies

LONDON (Reuters) - Actor Reg Varney, who starred in the 1970s television comedy “On The Buses,” died on Sunday at the age of 92, the BBC reported.

He died after a short illness at a nursing home in Devon.

His daughter Jeanne Marley said her father had passed away peacefully.

Varney was born in east London and played piano at working men’s clubs before serving in the Royal Engineers during World War Two, where he was also an army entertainer.

His first television appearances were in the BBC comedy show “The Rag Trade” in 1961.

He was best known for his role as driver Stan Butler in “On The Buses,” a popular ITV series first broadcast in 1969 and which spawned three spin-off movies.

Reporting by Tim Castle

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