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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.

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​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.

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Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 39

Birthday 1915-02-04

Day of Death 2010-10-04

Place of Birth Marylebone, London, England

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Also Known As

  • Норман Уисдом

Acting TV ShowsMovies

The Unforgettable Norman Wisdom as Himself (archive footage)
2010 Norman Wisdom: His Story as Himself : Archive footage
2003 Between The Sheets (6 episodes) as Maurice Hardy
2003 The Last Detective (1 episode)
1999 It's Only TV But I Like It (1 episode)
1998 Where on Earth Is... Katy Manning Because She'd Really Like to Know!
1996 Style Challenge (1 episode)
1996 Dalziel and Pascoe (1 episode)
1992 Double X: The Name of the Game as Arthur Clutton/Maurice Rigby
1986 Casualty (1 episode) as Mr. Cole
1985 The Golden Gong: The Story of Rank Films - British Cinema's Legendary Studio as Himself - Interviewee
1982 Wogan (1 episode) as Himself
1981 Bergerac (1 episode)
1981 Going Gently as Bernard Flood
1978 An Audience with... (1 episode) as Himself
1974 Playhouse (1 episode)
1973 Nobody Is Norman Wisdom (6 episodes)
1970 Norman (6 episodes)
1969 What's Good for the Goose as Timothy Bartlett
1968 The Night They Raided Minsky's as Chick Williams
1967 Androcles and the Lion as Androcles
1966 The Sandwich Man as Boxing Vicar
1966 Press for Time as Norman Sheilds
1965 The Early Bird as Norman Pitkin
1963 A Stitch in Time as Norman Pitkin
1962 On the Beat as Norman Pitkin
1961 The Girl on the Boat as Sam Marlowe
1960 The Bulldog Breed as Norman
1960 There Was a Crooked Man
1959 Follow a Star as Norman Truscott
1958 The Square Peg as Norman Pitkin / General Schreiber
1957 Just My Luck as Norman Hackett
1956 Tony Awards (1 episode) as Nominee / Performer
1956 Up in the World as Norman
1955 This Is Your Life (1 episode)
1955 As Long as They're Happy as Norman
1955 One Good Turn as Norman
1955 Man of the Moment as Norman
1953 Trouble in Store as Norman

Writing

1960 The Bulldog Breed Screenplay
1958 The Square Peg Screenplay

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