Puppet Orville is alone now

Puppet Orville is alone now

The world-known entertainer, a “father” of a famous green puppet Orville, entertainer Keith Harris, died from cancer at the age of 67.

The world-known entertainer, a “father” of a famous green puppet Orville, entertainer Keith Harris, died from cancer at the age of 67.

Keith Harris hosted his own show and created in 1982 a top 10 hit with Orville’s Song, better known as ‘I Wish I Could Fly’. This program called ‘The Keith Harris Show’ and had been lasting for eight years from 1982 to 1990. During this time and later the famous entertainer appeared on a total of five Royal, and Children’s Royal Variety Performances.

He was such good in his work that even Diana, Princess of Wales, personally requested a private performance for the third birthday of Prince William at Highgrove House and later for Prince Harry’s third birthday at Kensington Palace.

He appeared to be entirely new in the 2000-s, performing as an X-rated ventriloquist. Harris even set up a new adult show named ‘Duck Off’ and was visiting student unions with it. In 2002 he turned up in a documentary ‘When Louis Met Keith Harris’ and two years later, in 2005, he became a winner of ‘The Farm’, Channel 5 reality show.

Also, he had a chance to appear in Ricky Gervais’s comedy series Extras, but missed it. Later he said that the script was a pure filth and he turned it down without any disappointment.

The cancer of the spleen was diagnosed in 2013. He had the spleen removed and endured four months of chemotherapy. After that Keith returned to the stage, but the last summer he announced in Great Yarmouth the illness had returned and he needed further treatment. He felt into tears on a stage and the public gave him, his bravery and long years of remarkable work a standing ovation.

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