There have been many famous actors over the years who will be remembered long after they are gone.
Someone who leaves an incredible legacy isActor, Bob Grant.
How did Bob Grant die?
The actor Robert St Clair Grant, known by his stage name Bob Grant, was born on April 14, 1932 in West London.
He was a very popular oneActor whose career began in the 50s.
Sadly, Bob struggled with depression, which ultimately led to him taking his own life in 2003 at the age of 71.
His last acting role was in Funnyin Devonshire Park in July 1998.
What was Bob Grant famous for?
Bob trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and worked as an actor in his free timeFood seller and also as a bus driver.
This is interesting because he was best known as the star of the hit sitcom On The Buses.
Bob played cheeky bus conductor Jack Harper in the comedy, which ran from 1969 to 1973.
He also co-wrote 11 episodes and one special episode with his co-star Stephen Lewis.
The show was a huge hit with audiences and led to three feature films: On the Buses (1971), Mutiny on the Buses (1972) and Holiday on the Buses (1973).
When “On the Buses” ended, Bob was heavily classified as Jack.
He turned his attention away from television and devoted himself to radio and theater work.
The star toured Australia with the stage show No Sex Please, We’re British and continued to appear in musicals and pantomimes.
In 1980, Bob played the title role in John Arden’s BBC radio adaptation of Don Quixote, starring Bernard Cribbins as Sancho Panza.
The actor was then praised for his role as a Cockney detective inspector in The Red Telephone Box, a comedy thriller directed by Ken Whitmore on BBC Radio 4.
On stage he later played Autolycus in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale for the Birmingham Repertory Theater.
Was Bob Grant married and had children?
Bob was married three times throughout his life, his first wife being Jean Hyett, whom he married in 1954.
After the couple’s divorce, he married his second wife, Christine Sally Kemp, in 1962.
Upon separation, Bob married his third wife, Kim Benwell.
The couple married in 1971, just as On The Buses was at its peak.
On their big day, large crowds crowded outside the registry office and the couple had to leave their rented Rolls-Royce behind and walk to reception.
As a tribute to Bob’s hit comedy, guests were also provided with a double-decker bus.
The couple remained together until his death in 2003.
You’re not alone
A life is lost to suicide EVERY 90 minutes in the UK.
It does not discriminate and touches the lives of people from all parts of society – from the homeless and unemployed to construction workers and doctors to reality stars and footballers.
It is the leading cause of death in people under 35, deadlier than cancer and car accidents.
And men are three times more likely to take their own lives than women.
Yet it is rarely talked about, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage if we don’t all stop and take note now.
That’s why The Sun has launched the ‘You’re Not Alone’ campaign.
The aim is that we can all play our part in saving lives by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health.
Let us all vow to ask for help when we need it and to listen to others… You are not alone.
If you or someone you know needs help dealing with mental health issues, the following organizations offer support:
- QUIET, www.thecalmzone.net0800 585 858
- heads together, www.headstogether.org.uk
- Spirit, www.mind.org.uk0300 123 3393
- Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org0800 068 41 41
- Samaritan, www.samaritans.org116 123
- Movember, www.uk.movember.com
- Fear Britain www.anxietyuk.org.uk03444 775 774 Monday-Friday 9.30am-10pm, Saturday/Sunday 10am-8pm