Leslie Phillips, a comedic great whose famous “ding dong” catchphrase has been associated with him for more than 60 years, has tragically passed away, and tributes have poured in.
Leslie Phillips began his acting career in the 1930s. Due to his parts in the enduring Carry On television series, the actor rose to fame in the late 1950s.
Today, November 8, his wife Zara confirmed his passing and called the 98-year-old man a “national treasure.”
‘I Say, Ding Dong’ – The History of Leslie Phillips’ Iconic Catchphrase
His collection of catchphrases, including “I say, ding dong!” in particular, was largely responsible for Phillips’ attraction. The phrase first appeared in the 1959 film, Carry On Nurse.
Although Jack Bell from Phillips’ Carry On Nurser character said it first, the humorous delivery connected with viewers. The late actor was followed throughout his career in shows like the British sitcom Casanova ’73.
The delivery of the ding dong sentence was a bit cheeky and suggestive, like many of Leslie Phillips’ other catchphrases. Included in this was the equally well-known “Well hello,” a protracted welcome that his characters frequently used when addressing women.
One admirer paid respect to Phillips by tweeting: “Well, ding dong, what an innings. 98-year-old Leslie Phillips, RIP.
Phillips LED an Illustrious Career
Phillips had a somewhat diverse career outside of his parts in the Carry On Series; according to his IMDb biography, he has been in as many as 174 acting roles.
Due to the nature of his career, Phillips frequently played one-off roles in shows like Midsomer Murders in addition to more frequent appearances like his appearance as Ian in the critically acclaimed 2006 film Venus, for which he received many award nominations.
After making his stage debut in 1937, Phillips’ career was put on hold in 1942 when he was drafted into the British Army’s Artillery Regiment for two years during World War II.
When Philips took on the part of the Sorting Hat in the first Harry Potter movie, which was released in 2001, his career was given a fresh lease on life as younger audiences were introduced to his work in large numbers.
Writer Pays Tribute to Leslie Phillips with Touching Catchphrase Story
Following the news of his passing, Veronica Lee of The Independent paid tribute to Phillips by sharing a touching story about a day they spent together.
In her essay, Lee expressed her interest in Phillips’ perspective on his catchphrases in the later part of his career. She wrote:
When I questioned whether he was still asked to use his catchphrases, “Well, hello,” and “I say,” the doorbell rang, and he immediately responded, “Ding dong!”
She called their meeting “One of the most fun celebrity discussions (she’s) ever had,” and Lee was all love for Phillips.”