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Norman Wisdom

Norman WisdomAKA Norman Pitkin

Born: 4-Feb-1915
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 4-Oct-2010
Location of death: Isle of Man
Cause of death: Stroke

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor, Musician

Nationality: England
Executive summary: The Great British Clown

Military service: British Army (10th Royal Hussars, 1930); British Army (Royal Corps of Signals, WWII)

During the Cold War, Albania censored much of western media but permitted Norman Wisdom films on its airwaves. He gained such a following that when the entertainer finally visited the country, he was shocked at his reception -- he was feted essentially as if he were a rockstar.

Father: Frederick Wisdom (chauffer)
Mother: Maud Targett (dressmaker)
Brother: Fred (b. 1913)
Wife: Freda Simpson (m. 1947, div. 1969, one son, one daughter)
Son: Nicholas (b. 1953)
Daughter: Jacqueline (b. 1954)

    Knighthood 6-Jun-2000
    Officer of the British Empire 1995 (Queen's Birthday Honours)
    British Comedy Awards Lifetime Achievement (1992)
    Left at Orphanage
    Risk Factors: Pacemaker

    Last of the Summer Wine Billy Ingleton (1995-2004)

    Five Children and It (11-Sep-2004) · Nesbit
    Double X: The Name of the Game (5-Jun-1992)
    What's Good for the Goose (Mar-1969)
    The Night They Raided Minsky's (22-Dec-1968)
    Press for Time (8-Dec-1966)
    The Sandwich Man (14-Jan-1966)
    The Early Bird (30-Nov-1965)
    A Stitch in Time (Dec-1963)
    On the Beat (11-Dec-1962)
    The Girl on the Boat (Jan-1961)
    The Bulldog Breed (13-Dec-1960)
    There Was a Crooked Man (31-Aug-1960)
    Follow a Star (15-Dec-1959)
    The Square Peg (1958) · Norman Pitkin
    Just My Luck (14-Nov-1957)
    Up in the World (8-Dec-1956)
    Man of the Moment (24-Nov-1955)
    One Good Turn (4-Jan-1955)
    Trouble in Store (14-Dec-1953)

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Author of books:
Don't Laugh at Me: An Autobiography (1992, memoir)
'Cos I'm a Fool (1996)

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