McGee's career spanned over half a century, and saw him as the straight man to comics ranging from Eric Sykes and Dick Emery to Tommy Cooper and Rod Hull. He was most famous for playing stooge to Benny Hill, however, in a TV partnership that began in 1968 and lasted into the 1980s.
He was born in Kensington, London, in 1929. It was hardly surprising that he turned to an acting career after leaving the Navy - the theatre was in his blood, a descendant being 18th-century actress Kitty Clive. He appeared on stage in comedies and farces well into the new millennium, but was best-loved for his prolific film and TV output, which over the years included appearances in The Italian Job (1969), Holiday on the Buses (1973) and Carry on Emmannuelle (1978) among others. Never tired of playing the straight man, he became the deadpan sidekick to yet another British icon in the eighties, when he starred alongside the 'Honey Monster' in a series of adverts for Quaker's Sugar Puffs.
The actor's health declined rapidly over the last few years, and he spent his last six months in a nursing home, suffering from Alzheimers. He died on Saturday.