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Jim Bowen age, wife, children and Bullseye quotes and catchphrases

Jim Bowen age, wife, children and Bullseye quotes and catchphrases

Broadcaster and comedian Jim Bowen, best known for hosting darts-based game show Bullseye in the 1980s and '90s, has died at the age of 80.

Born Peter Williams in August 1937, Bowen became a teacher at schools in Lancashire and subsequently deputy headmaster of Caton primary near Lancaster.

His catchphrase "look what you could have won" - was uttered to unlucky contestants who missed out on the show's star prize, although he claims he never uttered "super, smashing, great", which is also associated with him and the show.

He also enjoyed cameo roles in shows such as Last Of The Summer Wine, Jonathan Creek and in Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights.

His wife Phyllis confirmed the news to BBC Radio Lancashire.

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'Stay out of the black and into the red, Nothing in this game for two in a bed'.

'I've got £100 here and it'll take me two minutes to count out'.

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The couple share two children together, Peter and Susan Bowen, and have two grandchildren.

After recovering, he started performing on comedy circuits, before suffering a third stroke in 2014.

He told BBC Radio Lancashire in 2017, "I watched seven hours of Ken Dodd and I watched him completely decimate 7,000 people".

In 2011 Bowen suffered from two strokes, one at home and a second mild stroke in hospital.

Family friend John Plews said: 'He passed away very peacefully, [his wife] was with him.

Celebrity fans have paid tribute to the TV star with darts player Bobby George tweeting: "RIP Jim Bowen! We are all shedding a tear", he said.

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