Bobby Knutt (born Robert Andrew Wass in Sheffield on 25th November 1945, died in France on 25th September 2017) began his career in show business as singer in 1962, becoming a comedian and stand-up comic in 1964. He made regular appearances on the Granada shows The Comedians and The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club throughout the 1970s as well as many other comedy and variety programmes.
His career took another turn in 1976 when he played a straight role in the Play for Today production The Price of Coal and steadily appeared in more acting roles. Between October 1980 and March 1983 he appeared irregularly in Coronation Street in the role of garage boss Ron Sykes. He also appeared in Emmerdale as Albert Dingle between 1995 and 1998 and made a brief return in 2004. His other roles include parts in Earthfasts, Three Seven Eleven, Heartbeat, Last of the Summer Wine. He is also a panto regular in Sheffield.
Bobby suffered a major heart attack and died while holidaying in France on 25th September 2017.