Reg Varney. © estate of Kenneth Hughes / National Portrait Gallery, London. Varney released several LP albums during his career - This Is Reg Varney On The 88s at Abbey Road on Columbia in 1972; Reg's Party - Reg Varney Plays And Sings on EMI-One-Up label in 1973; and A Variety of Varney on Astor in 1976. If you require information from us, please use our Archive enquiry service. Share. Enter your log in email address and we'll send you a link to reset your password. All contributions are moderated. By clicking OK, you are confirming that this image is only to be used for the rights in the existing license. The world's first voucher-based cash dispensing machine was installed at the Enfield Town branch of Barclays Bank. Varney's most successful lead role was in the LWT sitcom On the Buses (1969–73) as bus driver Stan Butler. If you wish to license this image, please use our Rights and Images service. (379 mm x 302 mm) Bequeathed by Kenneth Hughes, 1995 Varney had made only a small number of film and TV appearances prior to being cast in the role of long-suffering factory foreman Reg Turner in the hit BBC television sitcom The Rag Trade (1961–63), which made him a household name. Varney left the series midway through its last season, hoping to move on to films and other projects. Varney moved to Devon in the late 1980s and lived alone after his wife, Lilian Emma Varney died in East Devon in 2002, aged 87. Varney featured in The Great St Trinian's Train Robbery (1966) with Frankie Howerd, Dora Bryan and George Cole. His first paid engagement was at Plumstead Radical Club in Woolwich, for which he was paid eight shillings and sixpence (42½p). [6] He then contracted a severe viral infection, which for three years made working difficult for him. To install click the Add extension button. Download this stock image: Actor Reg Varney seen here painting with his wife and daughter Circa 1963 - B4TEKR from Alamy's library of millions of high resolution stock photos, illustrations and vectors. If you require information from us, please use our Archive enquiry service. One off original Reg Varney of On The Buses fame oil painting. Archant. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? How do you know this? Can you tell us more about this portrait. Congratulations on this excellent venture… what a great idea! [3] He then became an all-round entertainer, working his way around the music halls. We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist. You can buy a print of most illustrated portraits. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day. Can you tell us more about this person? If you have information to share please complete the form below. Contributions are moderated. Varney released several LP albums during his career - This Is Reg Varney On The 88s at Abbey Road on Columbia in 1972; Reg's Party - Reg Varney Plays And Sings on EMI-One-Up label in 1973; and A Variety of Varney on Astor in 1976. The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. But I can't knock the programme because it brought me offers to do concert tours in Australia, New Zealand and Canada."[5]. The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. The source code for the WIKI 2 extension is being checked by specialists of the Mozilla Foundation, Google, and Apple. Reg Varney's daughter Jeanne Marley presents the proceeds of her fathers art sale to Josh Allan and Karen Parkes of CHSW. [5] Subsequently he divided his time between his home in a small village near Dartmouth and a villa in Malta. You could also do it yourself at any point in time. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. by Anthony Buckley modern bromide print from original negative, 1948 NPG x75956 Copyright complaints  ~   If they inspire you please support our work. Varney took considerable lengths to prepare for the role, even attempting to gain a public service vehicle licence so that he could be filmed driving on the open road. His father worked in a rubber factory in Silvertown and he was one of five children who grew up in Addington Road, Canning Town. Varney was living in Enfield at the time and for publicity purposes he was photographed making the first withdrawal from the machine on Tuesday 27 June 1967.[4]. Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Retirement and death. However, Varney was not insured so LWT had to employ professional drivers for these scenes. If you tick permission to publish your name will appear above your contribution on our website. We digitise over 8,000 portraits a year and we cannot guarantee being able to digitise images that are not already scheduled. Pat Coombs played the wife of Varney's character. Please could you let us know your source of information. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. In 1989 he suffered a stroke, which left him with an uneven heartbeat. If they inspire you please support our work. The seven pieces were donated by Reg’s daughter Jeanne Marleyas part of a Fairlynch Museum exhibit dedicated to Budleigh’s ‘Little Clown’. Reg’s paintings were superb and we cannot thank the Fairlynch Museum enough for choosing our charity as a beneficiary. by Anthony Buckleymodern bromide print from original negative, 1948NPG x75956. How do you know this? This site is maintained by the artist Picture: Terry Ife . All Rights Reserved. Please Like other favourites! We have created a browser extension. I use WIKI 2 every day and almost forgot how the original Wikipedia looks like. Please Like other favourites! Terms and conditions  ~   After that followed another comedy role in Beggar My Neighbour (1966–68); this also starred Pat Coombs, June Whitfield, and Peter Jones. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? Slightly later, he starred in a show for BBC TV called The Valiant Varneys (1964–65), performing various characters in front of a live audience. There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Would you like Wikipedia to always look as professional and up-to-date? The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. This image can't be licensed for consumer goods. He also played in working men's clubs, pubs and ABC cinemas, and later sang with big bands of the time. This image is no longer for sale. Prices start at £6 for unframed prints, £25 for framed prints. Select from the license options below to get a price. He was educated at the nearby Star Lane Primary School in West Ham and after leaving school at 14, he worked as a messenger boy and a page boy at the Regent Palace Hotel. Ref exb 47-16TI 2305. Ref exb 47-16TI 2305. There’s talk of a vintage bus tour of the town, a celebration of his life in words and music and even a bus created on Budleigh’s famous beach by the local pebble artist. [1], In 2016, 100 years after Varney was born, an exhibition called "Before the Buses" was commissioned by his only child, his daughter Jeanne.[2][8]. Exmouth Remembrance Day service to go ahead, New-look Open Door Centre to support the community in latest lockdown, Shiver me timbers!

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