Lennie Bennett carved out a career as a game show presenter
Comic entertainer and game show host Lennie Bennett has died at the age of 70, his agent has confirmed.
The TV personality first appeared on stand-up show The Comedians in 1971, and became the presenter of shows including Punchlines during the 1980s.
The Blackpool-based performer starred alongside Jerry Stevens on their own comedy show Lennie and Jerry in 1978.
Bennett moved out of the limelight and was last seen on a game show hosts' edition of The Weakest Link in 2003.
Irish comedian Frank Carson, who also appeared on The Comedians, said that Bennett was "a very good comedian and a very good performer".
The funnyman, who also lives in Blackpool, told the resort's Gazette newspaper: "Lennie was an absolutely wonderful fellow and we had lots of laughs together."
Bennett appeared on a special edition of The Weakest Link in 2003
The newspaper reported that Bennett died after a fall at his home.
Bennett was a familiar face on TV screens during the 1980s, becoming a regular star turn on popular quiz shows Blankety Blank and Celebrity Squares.
Punchlines ran for 150 shows, and during his heyday, Bennett became famous for his mop of tightly-curled hair.
He also performed in 12 Royal Variety Shows, and had a brief stint as a chat show host on London Weekend Television in 1982.
The performer - who was born Mike Berry - was a newspaper reporter before making a break into showbusiness.
The later years of his career were spent on the after-dinner speaking circuit and hosting entertainment for corporate clients.