One of the UK's most beloved actors and comedians, Sir Norman Wisdom, passed away Monday (October 4) at the age of 95. (BBC).
Throughout his seven-decade career, the London-born Wisdom starred in a host of comedy films, including 1953's Trouble in Store, which later won him a BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Film. His unique brand of slapstick was charming and hilarious and mostly played up in his signature role of the goofy Norman Pitkin throughout the '50s and '60s. He later won over American critics in the 1968 musical comedy, The Night They Raided Minsky's, also starring Jason Robards.
Wisdom, also an accomplished singer/songwriter, made a name for himself on stage, both in the West End and Broadway. His American theater debut in 1966's Walking Happy earned him a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. He eventually forged his way into television in the latter half of the decade and is best known for playing Billy Ingleton on the BBC celebrated sitcom, Last of the Summer Wine. He appeared on the show from 1995 until 2004, and retired the following year at the age of 90.
RIP Sir Norman Wisdom. Here's a look at some of Anglophenia's favorite Wisdom moments:
Trouble In Store (1953):
A Stitch In Time (1963):
The Night They Raided Minsky’s (1968):
Are you a fan of Sir Norman Wisdom? Do you have any favorite Wisdom memories?
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