COMEDIAN Tom O’Connor has died aged 81. 

The TV presenter and actor, who was best known for presenting shows such as Gambit and Name That Tune, has passed away, it was confirmed today. 


O’Connor was born in Bootle, Lancs in 1939 before moving to Twickenham, West London for University. 

He worked as a maths and music teacher at the St Joan of Arc School in Bootle and would appear as a comedian in working men’s clubs in the evening. 

His big break on TV came when he appeared on The Comedians, which gave a platform to stand-up comedians working the club circuit. 

O’Connor went on to become one of the most popular faces on British TV during the 1970s and 80s.

He was host of some iconic shows including Name that Tune, Wednesday at 8, the Tom O'Connor Show, Gambit and Crosswits among others. 

The Tom O’Connor Road Show ran at lunch times and had a peak audience of 12 million daily viewers. 

O’Connor made his acting debut in 2000 in the role of Father Tom – a Catholic priest – in the BBC series Doctors. 

He went on to win Celebrity Come Dine With Me in March 2010. His book ‘I Remember: the Collected Thoughts of Tom O’Connor’ was published in 2008. 

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