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Ben Warriss
Born Ben Holden D Warriss
May 29, 1909(1909-05-29)
Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died January 14, 1993 (aged 83)
Twickenham, London, England
Occupation Comedian
Spouse(s) Virginia Vernon


Ben Holden Driver Warriss (May 29, 1909 – January 14, 1993), known as Ben Warriss, was an English comedian, and the first cousin of fellow comedy actor Jimmy Jewel - allegedly being born in the same bed (at different times) and brought up in the same household at 52 Andover Street, Sheffield. He was the son of Benjamin Holden Joseph Warriss, insurance company's inspector, and his wife, Mary Ann, née Driver, Jewel's mother's sister. He first performed on the stage in 1930. For the early part of their careers, the two cousins formed a double act, achieving 7 Royal Variety Performances, 12 Blackpool summer seasons, a successful radio series and a film of the series. Around 1966, the two went their separate ways, with Warriss performing solo and Jewel moving into television.

His first wife, whom he married on September 22, 1934, was Grace Mary Skinner (b. 1910/11), a dancer and teacher of dancing and daughter of Henry Arthur James Skinner, master mariner. This marriage had ended by about 1940 and two years later Warriss married the entertainer Meggie Easton. His third marriage, which took place about 1960, was to Virginia Vernon. He died in 1993 at Brinsworth House, Staines Road, Twickenham, and is buried in the same section of the cemetery as the comedian Will Hay.

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