Biography

From Wikipedia

Sir Harry Donald Secombe, CBE (8 September 1921 – 11 April 2001) was a Welsh comedian and singer. He played Neddie Seagoon, a central character in the BBC radio comedy series The Goon Show (1951–60). He also appeared in musicals and films and, in his later years, was a presenter of television shows incorporating hymns and other devotional songs.

With the success of The Goon Show, Secombe developed a dual career as both a comedy actor and a singer. At the beginning of his career as an entertainer, his act would end with a joke version of the duet Sweethearts, in which he sang both the baritone and falsetto parts. Trained under Italian maestro Manlio di Veroli, he emerged as a bel canto tenor (characteristically, he insisted that in his case this meant "can belto") and had a long list of best-selling record albums to his credit.

In 1958 he appeared in the film Jet Storm, which starred Dame Sybil Thorndike and Richard Attenborough and in the same year Secombe starred in the title role in Davy, one of Ealing Studios' last films.

In 1963 he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

He was knighted in 1981, and jokingly referred to himself as Sir Cumference (in recognition of his rotund figure). The motto he chose for his coat of arms was "GO ON", a reference to goon.

From Wikipedia

Sir Harry Donald Secombe, CBE (8 September 1921 – 11 April 2001) was a Welsh comedian and singer. He played Neddie Seagoon, a central character in the BBC radio comedy series The Goon Show (1951–60). He also appeared in musicals and films and, in his later years, was a presenter of television shows incorporating hymns and other devotional songs.

With the success of The Goon Show, Secombe developed a dual career as both a comedy actor and a singer. At the beginning of his career as an entertainer, his act would end with a joke version of the duet Sweethearts, in which he sang both the baritone and falsetto parts. Trained under Italian maestro Manlio di Veroli, he emerged as a bel canto tenor (characteristically, he insisted that in his case this meant "can belto") and had a long list of best-selling record albums to his credit.

In 1958 he appeared in the film Jet Storm, which starred Dame Sybil Thorndike and Richard Attenborough and in the same year Secombe starred in the title role in Davy, one of Ealing Studios' last films.

In 1963 he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

He was knighted in 1981, and jokingly referred to himself as Sir Cumference (in recognition of his rotund figure). The motto he chose for his coat of arms was "GO ON", a reference to goon.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 21

Birthday 1921-09-08

Day of Death 2001-04-11

Place of Birth Swansea, Wales, UK

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Also Known As

  • Sir Harry Secombe

Acting TV ShowsMovies

The Harry Secombe Show (25 episodes)
2014 Spike Milligan: Love, Light and Peace as Himself (archive footage)
2000 The Unknown Peter Sellers as Himself
1986 Chasing Rainbows - A Nation and Its Music (1 episode)
1982 Wogan (1 episode) as Himself (1 episode)
1972 Sunstruck
1972 The Last Goon Show of All
1970 Song of Norway as Bioernstjerne Bjoernson
1970 Doctor in Trouble as Llewellyn Wendover
1969 The Bed Sitting Room as Shelter Man
1969 Rhubarb
1968 Oliver! as Mr. Bumble
1963 The Telegoons (26 episodes)
1960 Alice Through the Looking Box as Humpty Dumpty
1959 Jet Storm as Binky Meadows
1958 Davy as Davy Morgan
1955 The Harry Secombe Show (6 episodes)
1955 This Is Your Life (2 episodes)
1953 Forces' Sweetheart as Harry
1952 Down Among the Z Men as Harry Jones
1951 Penny Points to Paradise as Harry Flakers

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