Bernard Cribbins

LONDON — Bernard Cribbins, a beloved British entertainer whose seven-decade career ranged from the bawdy "Carry On" comedies to children's television and "Doctor Who," has died. He was 93.

Agent Gavin Barker Associates announced Cribbins' death on Thursday.

"He was unique, typifying the best of his generation, and will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing and working with him."

Born into a poor family in Oldham, northwest England, in 1928, Cribbins left school in his early teens and got his start as a stage manager and bit player in regional repertory theater.

"I'm so lucky to have known him ," Davies said. "Thanks for everything, my old soldier. A legend has left the world."

Cribbins' wife of 66 years, Gill, died last year.