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Reg Varney

An English TV and film actor, most notable for his role as Stan Butler in the 1970s British sitcom On the Buses.

Varney was born in Canning Town, which was then considered a part of Essex but is now a part of East London.

His first paid engagement was at Plumstead Radical Club in Woolwich, for which he was paid eight shillings and sixpence.

He also played in working men's clubs, pubs and ABC cinemas, and later sang with Big Bands of the time.

He and his mother decided that show business was the career for him, and he gave up his day jobs.

During World War II, he joined the Royal Engineers, but continued performing as an army entertainer, touring the Far East for a time.

He then went on to become an all-round entertainer, working his way around the music halls.

In 1961, he was given the role of a foreman in the popular sitcom, The Rag Trade, which made him a household name.

On 27 June 1967, the world's first voucher based cash dispensing machine was installed at the Enfield Town branch of Barclays Bank.

Varney lived in Enfield at the time. For publicity purposes, Varney made the first withdrawal.

His greatest success was in the sitcom On the Buses which was written by Ronald Chesney and Ronald Wolfe, who had also written The Rag Trade.

He toured Australia, New Zealand and Canada. In 1988, On the Buses went on to the stage and again Varney went to Australia to play Stan.

Varney himself died on 16 November, 2008, in a nursing home in Budleigh Salterton, Devon. He was 92.

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