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Last Updated: Friday, 22 February 2008, 15:24 GMT
In pictures: Bruce Forsyth at 80

Bruce Forsyth pictured in 1950

Entertainer Bruce Forsyth, who is celebrating his 80th birthday, began his career as a variety act called The Mighty Atom.

Bruce Forsyth on Educating Archie, 1959

After years of stage work, Forsyth broke into radio on classic show Educating Archie, where he was the puppet's tutor.

Bruce Forsyth (l) with The Beatles on Sunday Night at the London Palladium

Forsyth became a household name with his first major TV show, variety programme Sunday Night at the London Palladium, which he compered in the early 1960s.

Bruce Forsyth and Dora Byran in The Red Peppers (1969)

In the late 1960s Forsyth appeared in a number of small screen programmes, including Noel Coward's The Red Peppers about a music hall double act.

Bruce Forsyth and Anthea Redfern

Forsyth's role as a gameshow host took a massive upturn when he fronted The Generation Game from 1971. Glamorous assistant Anthea Redfern (pictured) became his wife.

Bruce Forsyth on The Generation Game in 1976

The entertainer's Generation Game era saw him adopt his famous "thinker" pose and enduring catchphrases including "nice to see you, to see you - nice".

Bruce Forsyth on Play Your Cards Right

A move to ITV saw Forsyth continue in his role of jovial gameshow host on shows including Play Your Cards Right with his "dolly dealers".

Bruce Forsyth performs on an edition of Parkinson

Throughout his career, Forsyth has remained an all-round entertainer with singing, dancing and music among his repertoire.

Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly on Strictly Come Dancing

Forsyth returned to the forefront of primetime TV in 2004 as the co-host of Strictly Come Dancing. A celebrity revival of an old format proved a ratings smash for the BBC.

Bruce Forsyth on Have I Got News For You

The showman's slot as guest host of Have I Got News For You in 2003 drew upon some of his past work and much-loved catchphrases.

Bruce Forsyth celebrating his 80th birthday

With typical flamboyance, he kicked off his 80th birthday celebrations in the company of Miss Puerto Rico (Jennifer Guevara) and Miss England (Georgia Horsley).

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