British voice artist Roy Skelton has died at the age of 79.
Skelton passed away on Wednesday (08Jun11) after suffering a stroke, his daughter Samantha has confirmed.
He was best known for providing the voices of puppets Zippy and George in classic children's U.K. TV series Rainbow from 1973 to 1992.
The star also made a name for himself voicing Doctor Who villains the Daleks in the cult sci-fi series from 1967 to 1988.
Rainbow star Geoffrey Hayes has paid tribute to Shelton, telling the Bbc, "He really brought Zippy and George to life through his voice. (He was) fabulous at improvising if something went wrong.
"The most wonderful thing was if Zippy and George were having an argument between themselves, it sounded like he'd double-tracked it as they seemed to be talking over each other. It was a wonderful technique and I don't know how he did it.
"Although he was known for Zippy and George he was actually a fabulous actor with a great singing voice and a wonderful raconteur - he used to tell us some wonderful stories."