The Lancashire-born former deputy headmaster began his career as a stand-up comedian and rose to fame presenting Bullseye for 14 years between 1981 and 1995.
Bowen became known for catchphrases including "Super, smashing, great", "You can't beat a bit of Bully!" and "Let's look at what you could have won".
He also enjoyed acting roles and appeared in Peter Kaye's hit series, Phoenix Nights and in BBC drama, Jonathan Creek.
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Another favourite phrase - "keep out of the black and in to the red, nothing in this game for two in a bed" - referred to the segments of the darts board that the players had to hit.
Tributes have flooded in for the star, including from comedian Jim Davidson who took to Twitter to pay tribute, writing: "RIP Jim Bowen".
Jim married Phyllis in 1959 and the couple have two children, Peter and Susan.
In 2011 Bowen suffered from two strokes, one at home and a second mild stroke in hospital.
After recovering, he started performing on comedy circuits, before suffering a third stroke in 2014.
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Boxer Frank Bruno also paid his respects, tweeting: 'Jim Bowen RIP great comic we worked together many times had a lot of laughs together.
"He passed away very peacefully, she was with him".
In an interview at the time, Bowen said: 'He gave us 12 months of nightmares'.
"I watched seven hours of Ken Dodd and I watched him completely decimate 7,000 people".
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