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« on: July 23, 2009, 10:06:34 PM »

Canadian actor Les Lye has passed away.  He's probably most know to those of us who were kids in the 80s for playing all the male adult roles in the TV series You Can't Do That On Television.  He played Ross, Barth the cook, El Capitán, Senator Lance Prevert, you name it.

Anyway, I was a HUGE fan of that show when I was younger, I still to this day can remember a ton of the jokes and skits from it.

CTV Ottawa legend Les Lye passes away

Updated: Thu Jul. 23 2009 16:47:36

Actor and broadcaster Les Lye passed away on Tuesday at the age of 84.

Born in Toronto, Lye came to Ottawa after graduating from Lorne Greene's Academy of Radio Arts in 1948.

He joined CFRA Radio, where he served listeners for more than a decade. It was at CFRA, that he worked with Rich Little and they collaborated on a comedy album, 'My Fellow Canadians' - a spoof of the Diefenbaker years.

In 1961, he joined CJOH-TV as a freelance writer and performer. It was here, that he forged a long-lasting partnership with Bill Luxton. Together, they created the popular 'Willy & Floyd,' which ran for more than 20 years. Such personalities as Alanis Morissette, Klea Scott, Bruno Gerussi and Margaret Trudeau would drop by for surprise guest appearances.

Opportunity knocked when producers of 'You Can't Do That on Television' were looking for a versatile actor to play the many adult "foils" for the kids. Lye answered the call and instantly became a household name around the world.

Lye is survived by his wife Johnni, three children Brett, Daralyn and Emily.
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« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2009, 10:16:23 AM »

I loved YCDTOTV when I first watch it on my parents cable box back in 79 when Nick first came on. Les Lye was one of my favorite on the show. The skits with him as Barth was crazy. R.I.P Mr. Lye
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« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2009, 06:45:27 PM »

I never seen the show, but I am familiar with him (Thank you Nostalgia Critic).  Such a shame.


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« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2009, 08:00:51 AM »

FINALLY, some replies!  This post got buried fast and I couldn't help but think, "Oh, come on! I couldn't have been the ONLY person on this board to have watched (and loved) that show as a kid!"

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