According to one biography Arthur Ellis started working in a textile factory when he was 14. At 16 he refereed his first match and he has been a Football Leagues referee between 1936 and 1961. Ellis was active at three World Cup finals and in the first ever European Cup final in 1956. He died in 1999.
Battle of Berne
Ellis thought he was going to take charge of the best match of his career: Hungary (then considered the best team) against Brazil. But the 1954 World Cup quarter final was a terrible match and soon became known as the "Battle of Berne". A match full of fouls, Ellis had to send off (there were no red cards in those days) 3 players and he awarded two penalties, one to each team.
Ellis took charge of the 1952 FA Cup final and was a lines man in the 1950 World Cup final..
it's a knockout
Ellis was not the only international referee who had a part in the popular 70's and 80's game show Jeux Sans Frontieres. The English version was called It's a knockout. If you are too young to have seen this (rather dumb) show, there are bits of it on Youtube.