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Roy CastleBorn: Wed 31st August 1932
Died: Tue 2nd August 1994 (age: 61)
Roy Castle, OBE, was born on the 31st August 1933 in Scholes, Yorkshire. He took up tap-dancing from an early age, training at Nora Bray's School of Dance, and was later to hold a world record as the fastest tap-dancer. A talented dancer, singer and musician he was to be much in demand in theatre, television, film, and even on albums (including the themed Songs for a Rainy Day
He is perhaps best-remembered on television for presenting Record Breakers, the long-running show that presented innumerable record attempts to enter the Guinness Book of World Records throughout the 1970s and 1980s - as well as tap-dancing above, Castle was also to become holder for the longest wing walk.
Film-wise, as well as Dr Who and The Daleks he also had a memorable role in Carry on Up The Khyber.
A life-time non-smoker, Castle was to be diagnosed with lung cancer in 1992 and died in 1994. Becoming a strong campaigner against smoking and its passive effects, he was to set up the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.