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Wrestling star Jackie Pallo dies
Jackie Pallo
Pallo appeared on This Is Your Life in 1973
Wrestler Jackie Pallo, one of wrestling's biggest stars in the 1960s, has died at the age of 80.

Pallo, who fought before the Big Daddy/Giant Haystacks era, died at his home in Ramsgate, Kent, on Saturday after battling with cancer.

The pony-tailed wrestler, whose nemesis in the ring was Mick McManus, was known by his fans as Mr TV.

Former commentator Reg Gutteridge - Pallo's cousin - described him as "a great performer and a lovely guy".

Pallo appeared on This Is Your Life in 1973, attracting many celebrities of the day.

Guest appearances in TV shows included Are You Being Served? and The Avengers, during which he was famously knocked out by actress Honor Blackman during a fight scene.

Describing his father's battle with cancer, son Jackie junior, who fought tag-team matches with Pallo, said he had been "a bombastic character right to the end".

Pallo is survived by wife Trixie who became known to the nation for watching her husband at ringside.

Hear more about Jackie Pallo's career from his son


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