John Eric Bartholomew, OBE, known by his stage name Eric Morecambe, was an English comedian who, together with Ernie Wise, formed the award-winning double act Morecambe and Wise. The partnership lasted from 1941 until Morecambe's death in 1984. He was the co-star of the television series The Morecambe & Wise Show, which for one Christmas episode gained UK viewing figures of over twenty-seven million people. Morecambe took his stage name from his home town, the seaside resort of Morecambe. He sadly died of a heart attack on 28 May 1984 at the age of 58.