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Norman Wisdom

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   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,  and secured Wisdom a celebrity status in lands as far apart as South America, Iran and many Eastern Bloc countries, particularly in Albania where his films were permitted by Enver Hoxha – Wisdom was the only Western actor to enjoy this privilege.  Charlie Chaplin famously referred to Wisdom as his "favourite clown".  Wisdom later forged a career on Broadway 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 declined. Description above from the Wikipedia article Norman Wisdom,  licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Feb 4, 1915 In Marylebone, London, England
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Trouble in Store 1953-01-01
Latest Project:
Series The Norman Wisdom Show 2016
Known For
Poster of Bergerac
Poster of Press for Time
Poster of The Square Peg
Poster of Up in the World
Series The Norman Wisdom Show Unknown 2016
Movie Norman Wisdom: His Story Himself : Archive footage 2010-10-14
Series The Last Detective Unknown 2003-02-07
Series Between The Sheets Maurice Hardy 2003-11-17
Series It's Only TV But I Like It Unknown 1999-06-03
Series Dalziel and Pascoe Unknown 1996-03-16
Series Style Challenge Unknown 1996-09-02
Movie Double X: The Name of the Game Arthur Clutton/Maurice Rigby 1992-06-05
Movie The Golden Gong: The Story of Rank Films - British Cinema's Legendary Studio Himself - Interviewee 1985-01-01
Series Bergerac Unknown 1981-10-18
Series Playhouse Unknown 1974-03-13
Series Nobody Is Norman Wisdom 1973-06-26
Series Norman 1970-04-02
Movie What's Good for the Goose Timothy Bartlett 1969-03-21
Movie The Night They Raided Minsky's Chick Williams 1968-12-22
Movie Press for Time Norman Sheilds 1966-01-01
Movie The Sandwich Man Boxing Vicar 1966-07-01
Movie The Early Bird Norman Pitkin 1965-11-30
Movie A Stitch in Time Norman Pitkin 1963-12-01
Movie On the Beat Norman Pitkin 1962-12-11
Movie The Girl on the Boat Sam Marlowe 1961-12-08
Movie The Bulldog Breed Norman 1960-12-13
Movie There Was a Crooked Man 1960-08-31
Movie Follow a Star Norman Truscott 1959-01-01
Movie The Square Peg Norman Pitkin / General Schreiber 1958-12-04
Movie Just My Luck Norman Hackett 1957-11-14
Movie Up in the World Norman 1956-01-01
Movie Man of the Moment Norman 1955-01-01
Movie One Good Turn Norman 1955-01-01
Movie As Long as They're Happy Norman 1955-04-10
Series This Is Your Life Unknown 1955-07-29
Movie Trouble in Store Norman 1953-01-01