Patton Brothers

The Patton Brothers, comprising Jimmy Elliott (20 August 1931 – 26 July 2019)[4] and Brian Elliott (13 December 1934)[5], were an English comedy double act and the two older brothers of Barry and Paul Elliott, the Chuckle Brothers. They began their career as a double act in the 1950s.

The Patton Brothers
The Patton Brothers (Brian left, Jimmy right) on stage at the Futurist Theatre in Scarborough, 2013
BornJimmy Elliott
20 August 1931[1]
Brian Elliott
13 December 1934 (age 84)[1]
Kent, England
DiedJimmy:
26 July 2019 (aged 87)[2]
MediumTelevision and stage
Years active1950s–2019
GenresPantomime
SpouseJimmy:
Valerie (before 2010)
[3]
Amy (m. 20172019)
Relative(s)Chuckle Brothers (brothers)
Notable works and rolesChuckleVision (1990–2009; various episodes)

Biography

The brothers' father, Jimmy Elliott, was a comedian who later became known as Gene Patton. Jimmy and Brian grew up in Rotherham, like their brothers the Chuckle Brothers but were born in Kent. Their other brother Colin never became an actor, he was, instead, a car mechanic. Their sister, Sheila, a dancer, was married to the actor Bill Waddington.

When Jimmy left school in 1946, he joined "Britain's Dead End Kids" and appeared in five pantomimes before Brian joined him. The brothers got their big break in 1956 when they performed in Aladdin as Chinese policemen. Over the course of their career they appeared alongside British pantomime favourites such as Barbara Windsor, Ronnie Corbett and John Inman.

Both Jimmy and Brian made appearances in the children's television series ChuckleVision alongside their younger brothers Paul and Barry. Jimmy's character was known as "No Slacking" due to the catchphrase that he constantly used to berate the Chuckle Brothers; Brian's was known as "Get Out Of It!" for similar reasons. Prior to ChuckleVision, all four brothers had appeared together on the game show 3-2-1 in 1982 and the talent show New Faces.

In 2015, Jimmy became engaged to a 25-year-old ChuckleVision fan whom he had met via Facebook.[3] The couple married in 2017.[1]

Jimmy died in July 2019, aged 87.[2]

References

  1. "Chuckle Brother and South Yorkshire resident Jimmy Patton, 85, weds 26-year-old girlfriend". www.yorkshirepost.co.uk. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  2. Starkey, Adam (25 July 2019). "Paul Chuckle 'devastated' after brother Jimmy Patton dies aged 87". Metro.co.uk.
  3. Coley, Jackson. "Chuckle Brother star to marry fan 59 years younger than him". Metro.co.uk. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  4. Jimmy Cricket
  5. "Brian Patton". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
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