Born in Lancashire, he worked as a stand-up comedian in the 1960s and soon ended up performing on national television.
Bowen achieved cult status in Bullseye through catchphrases such as “let’s see what you could have won” and “you can’t beat a bit of Bully”.
Actor Will Mellor tweeted: “Sad news about Jim Bowen! Ya can’t beat a bit o bully!! #RIP.”