James Whittaker (born Peter Williams; 20 August 1937 – 14 March 2018), known professionally as Jim Bowen, was an English stand-up comedian and television personality. He was the long-time host of the ITV game show Bullseye, which he presented from its beginning in 1981 through to 1995. He was born in Heswall, England.
Bowen eventually devoted himself to comedy full-time, having been influenced by Ken Dodd and first appeared on television in The Comedians. This led to other television work during during the 1970s. He achieved national attention after becoming host on Bullseye, which was a ratings success throughout the 1980s.
Bowen died on 14 March 2018, aged 80.
- "Jim Bowen: Former Bullseye host and comedian dies at 80". BBC News. 14 March 2018. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
- https://news.sky.com/story/bullseye-star-jim-bowen-dies-aged-80-11289551 Bullseye star Jim Bowen dies aged 80