Des O'Connor has died at the age of 88, after a fall at his home in Buckinghamshire.
Desmond Bernard O'Connor was born on 12 January 1932 in Stepney, East London, the son of a Jewish cleaner and an Irish dustman. He contracted rickets while he was a child which resulted in him having callipers on his legs until he was seven. He was also badly injured in a car accident and spent some time in an iron lung which disrupted his primary school education.
Despite all this, after starting his career with National Service and being a Butlins Redcoat after the war, he became a highly successful entertainer and an almost ever-present face on UK television, he held the record for more mainstream appearances on the small screen than any other performer. O'Connor, also carved out a successful career as a singer including four Top 10 hits and more than 30 albums.Des O'Connor once said that all he did was walk on to the stage, chat to the audience and sing a few songs. It was a formula that made him one of Britain's best-known stars, an old-fashioned showman who could turn his hand to almost anything - fronting his variety programme, hosting chat shows or presiding over the quiz Countdown.