Kent Walton

  • Born: (Cairo, Egypt)
  • Died: (Guildford, Surrey, England, United Kingdom) (age 86)

Kent Walton (born: Kenneth Walton Beckett), was a British television sports commentator, presenter and actor.

He is best remembered as the predominant commentator on ITV's coverage of British professional wrestling from 1955-1988.

He attended the Embassy School of Acting in London and appeared in rep. On the outbreak of war in 1939, he joined the Royal Air Force, serving in Bomber Command as a radio operator and front gunner.

After the end of the war he returned to acting before commentating on tennis and football. He made his television wrestling commentary debut on the ITV network in November 1955, a job he kept for 33 years.

In the early 1970s he was involved with British sexploitation movies and is credited as a producer. He used other pseudonyms to keep this part of his life from his fans, but it was revealed in a 1975 episode of the TV documentary series Man Alive.

Walton married Lynn Smith, the ex-wife of Leslie Grade in 1949, and they had a son.


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