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Norman Wisdom - Don't Laugh At Me

5 February 2012



Sir Norman Joseph Wisdom, OBE (4 February 1915 – 4 October 2010) was an English actor, comedian and singer-songwriter best known for a series of comedy films produced between 1953 and 1966 featuring his hapless onscreen character Norman Pitkin. These films initially made more money than the James Bond film series. Wisdom gained a celebrity status in lands as far apart as South America, Iran and many Eastern Bloc countries, particularly in Albania, where his films were the only ones by Western actors permitted by Enver Hoxha to be shown. Charlie Chaplin once referred to Wisdom as his "favourite clown".
Wisdom later forged a career on Broadway in New York City and as a television actor, winning critical acclaim for his dramatic role of a dying cancer patient in the television play Going Gently in 1981. It was broadcast on 5 June that year. He toured Australia and South Africa. After the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, a hospice was named in his honour. In 1995 he was given the Freedom of the City of London and of Tirana. The same year he received an OBE. Wisdom was knighted in 2000 and spent much of his later life on the Isle of Man. Some of his later appearances included roles in Last of the Summer Wine and Coronation Street, and he retired from acting at the age of 90 after his health deteriorated. There's Not much else To Say About Norman He Is Truly A legend Weather
You Like Him Or Not And Deserves A Mention Here So Here Is Norman With DON'T LAUGH AT ME. A True British Great.

Birth nameNorman Joseph Wisdom
Born4 February 1915
Marylebone, London, England
Died4 October 2010 (aged 95)
BallasallaIsle of Man
MediumComedian, actor, singer-songwriter
Nationality[English]
Years active1948–2005, 2007–08
SpouseDoreen Brett (1941–46, divorced)
Freda Simpson (1947–68, divorced)
BAFTA Awards
Most Promising Newcomer to Film
1954 Trouble in Store
Other awards:
London Film Critics Circle:
Special Achievement Award

1996: For services to comedy


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