Sir Norman Wisdom OBE
(1915-2010)

Died aged c. 95

Sir Norman Joseph Wisdom, (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 that was often called Norman Pitkin. He was awarded the 1953 BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles following the release of Trouble in Store, his first film in a lead role. Wisdom gained celebrity status in lands as far apart as South America, Iran and many Eastern Bloc countries, particularly in Albania where his films were the only ones by Western actors permitted by dictator Enver Hoxha to be shown. Charlie Chaplin once referred to Wisdom as his "favourite clown". Wisdom later forged a career on Broadway in New York 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. 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 was appointed OBE and was knighted five years later.

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From 1943 to 1945 Sir Norman Wisdom O.B.E. comedian, actor, singer, was happily billeted here as a member of the Royal Corps of Signals

Hotel du Vin Formerly Carlton Hotel, Parabola Road, Cheltenham, United Kingdom where they was happily billeted as a member of the Royal Corps of Signals

Sir Norman Wisdom OBE 1915-2010 Britain's best loved comedy actor was born and lived here

91 Fernhead Road, London, United Kingdom where they was born (1915) and lived