Bruce Forsyth, Iconic British TV Host, Dies at 89

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Bruce Forsyth

The much-loved figure had a career spanning eight decades.

Sir Bruce Forsyth, a hugely loved name on British TV having hosted numerous shows in a career spanning eight decades, most recently Strictly Come Dancing, has died. He was 89.

The family of the star, who had been unwell for some time and was hospitalized earlier this year with a chest infection, announced the news of his death on Friday. 

Having started his career in show business at age 14 onstage in his local theater, Forsyth — a multi-talented performer who could sing and dance — went on to become synonymous with TV game shows in 1960s, 70s and 80s, hosting the likes of The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right and The Price is Right, once being the most highly paid entertainer in the U.K. 

On TV, Forsyth would become renowned for his catchphrases, including "Nice to see, to see you nice," "Good game, good game," and "Didn't he do well?" and at his height of his time on The Generation Game, the show would attract some 20 million viewers. 

Forsyth co-hosted the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing from 2004 to 2014. In 2011 he was knighted, becoming Sir Bruce, after years of campaigning by his friends. He was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as having the longest career on TV for a male entertainer.

Amid a sea of tributes that instantly flooded in from across the British entertainment world, Tony Hall, director general of the BBC, said that Forsyth "invented and then re-invented Saturday night entertainment."

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