Biographies

Bob Hope

Bob Hope

Bob Hope

Bob Hope was a one-of-a-kind entertainer. Vaudeville, stage, film, radio and television-he did it all. Friend to presidents, pal to soldiers in battle, master of the quick one-liners. His performances won him the admiration of such comedians as WC Fields, Charlie Chaplin and Woody Allen.

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Frankie Howerd

Frankie Howerd

Frankie Howerd

With his trademark "oohs" and "aahs", Frankie Howerd rose to the very pinnacle of comedic success in the United Kingdom and in spite of a few ups and downs managed to stay there for almost fifty years.

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Rod Hull and Emu

Rod Hull

Rod Hull and Emu

Rod Hull and Emu was an act loved equally by children and adults. But when his career turned sour, Hull came to dislike the puppet that had bought him fame and fortune, and eventually his riches would disappear altogether.

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Hattie Jacques

Hattie Jacques

Hattie Jacques

Although she presented an imposing figure on screen Hattie Jacques managed to play a diverse range of roles when she may so easily have become typecast. Eric Sykes summed her up perfectly when he said, "She was one of the best comedy actresses we have ever had and a very lovely lady."

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Sid James

Sid James

Sid James

With his battered features, wicked leer and possibly the most recognisable laugh in show business, Sid James appeared to the world as a streetwise Cockney ex-heavyweight boxer. But Sid was no more an East End boy than he was a fighter.

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Philip Jones TV Producer

Philip Jones

Philip Jones TV Producer

One of the most influential television producers of a generation, Philip Jones presided over a galaxy of stars. He bought Benny Hill to ITV, provided Kenny Everett his own hit series and gave The Beatles their first national television exposure.

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John Junkin

John Junkin

John Junkin

An influential figure in the world of British television comedy during the 1960s and 70s, actor and comedian John Junkin wrote scripts for numerous TV shows and for many comedians, including Ted Ray, Jim Davidson, Bob Monkhouse and Mike Yarwood.

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Gorden Kaye

Gorden Kaye

Gorden Kaye

They say that from small acorns mighty oaks grow, and if the old phrase can be applied to television stardom then we need look no further than much-loved comic actor Gorden Kaye for supporting evidence.

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David Kelly

David Kelly

David Kelly

One of the most recognisable voices and faces of Irish stage and screen, David Kelly was loved and respected by his co-stars and the public alike.

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Bill Kerr

Bill Kerr

Bill Kerr

Australian Bill Kerr carved himself an enduring place among an elite generation of comedians who changed the face of British comedy after the Second World War.

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