Being a big man with a “face like the map of Ireland” made him an unlikely starter, but in the mid-70s Glyn Tucker was one of New Zealand’s best known screen personalities. The larger-than-life character was a racing guru, and also a popular radio then TV presenter: his television roles ranged across sports commentator, punting pundit, crooner and light entertainment show host.

Any performer who can switch from a nosebag at Trentham on a cool frosty morning (Sports Extra) to warm-hearted song and dance man on Sunday Nights (Everything is Beautiful) has a range not many can emulate. Glyn Tucker profile, ‘A man for all seasons’, Auckland Star, 31 Dec 1977