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Tony Hart - An Obituary
Written by Paul Rance
Monday, 19 January 2009
Tony Hart, who died on January 17th, 2009, was a much beloved children's presenter on British television, and his boyish enthusiasm on series such as 'Vision On' and 'Take Hart (on the BBC)' encouraged children of all ages to draw and paint.
Among Tony Hart's memorable creations were the design for the Blue Peter badge, for the legendary children's TV series, and he created the Plasticine character Morph, which was an inspiration for Wallace & Gromit.
Born in Maidstone, Kent, in 1925, Tony Hart served with the Gurkhas in World War Two, and began his art career decorating restaurants with murals in return for free meals - thus in the tradition of the struggling artist! Tony's big break came on the 'Saturday Special Show'. He retired in 2001 because of ill health (a stroke).
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