His appearances on the BBC Radio 4 show spanned almost 60 years. He was first featured in the cast in 1953 and turned up as two other characters before Jack.
Peters died after suffering from Alzheimer's, a disease that also affected his character – although he continued to perform until July 2011 despite the condition.
Peters was diagnosed with Alzheimer's shortly after his character began to suffer from the condition but, despite the toll it was taking on his memory, he was able to continue acting and was said to "come to life" in front of a microphone.
Although he was last heard on July 19, 2011 in the show, Jack survives in the show as a "silent" character, and is regularly visited by his wife Peggy.
The series won a Mental Health Media Award for its handling of the Alzheimer's storyline.
June Spencer, who plays Peggy, said: "As an actor he was the complete pro. He was very conscientious. He always turned in a good performance, no matter what we were doing. He loved acting. It was his life. I picture him in the latter days in the green room, with his stick and his cap, always very genial."
|Arnold Peters played Jack Woolley in THE ARCHERS since 1980. His|
first character on the show though was Len Thomas in 1953 (pictured
Peters's first ARCHERS role was as the farmhand Len Thomas in 1953. After the character's departure, he became the Rev David Latimer, vicar of Ambridge, in 1968, continuing in that role for five years, and then returning in 1980 as Jack Woolley.
He also became a familiar face on TV for his appearances in an ad campaign for Werther's Original toffees. Away from his work on the radio soap, Arnold was involved in the opening of Wellingborough's Castle theatre in the mid-1990s, and also played in a folk dance band.