Arthur Askey CBE

Died aged 82

Arthur Bowden Askey, CBE (6 June 1900 – 16 November 1982) was an English comedian and actor. Askey's humour owed much to the playfulness of the characters he portrayed, his improvisation, and his use of catchphrases, which included "Hello playmates!", "I thank you" (pronounced "Ay-Thang-Yaw"), and "Before your very eyes".

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

Arthur Askey CBE
Photo of Arthur Askey and Headgate Electric Theatre black plaque
Peter Evans on Wikimedia Commons

Arthur Askey CBE [full inscription unknown]

BBC Radio Theatre Broadcasting House, London, United Kingdom where he was

In this building opened in 1910 as the Headgate Electric Theatre Arthur Askey CBE Comedian made his first professional appearance 31st March 1924

Former Cameo Cinema, St John's Street, Colchester, United Kingdom where he first appeared on the stage (1924)