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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 17 October 1925South Norwood, Surrey, England, UK
Date of Death 20 March 2010Denmark Hill, London, England, UK  (heart failure)
Birth NameHarry Leonard Carpenter

Mini Bio (1)

BBC television sports commentator (especially boxing) and presenter from the 1950s until his retirement in the 1990s.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Allen Dace

Spouse (1)

Phyllis Barbara Matthews (1950 - 20 March 2010) (his death) (1 child)

Trivia (11)

He occasionally anchored programmes like "Grandstand" and "Wimbledon", in addition to his regular role as host of "Sportsnight".
Became a household name in the UK during the Frank Bruno boxing era, due to the latter's catchphrase of "Know what I mean 'Arry", during their post-match interviews together.
He is survived by his son.
He served the British Royal Navy during World War II as a telegrapher aboard destroyer.
He made his broadcast debut in 1949 as a commentator for BBC television at an amateur boxing bout in a London Factory canteen. He retired in 1994.
He was awarded International Sportscaster of the Year by the American Sportscasters Association in 1989.
He reported on the Olympics, the British Open, Wimbledon, and annual Oxford and Cambridge University boat races on the Thames River.
In 1989, he was named International Sportscaster of the Year by the American Sportscasters Association.
When he applied for a job as boxing commentator at the BBC, there was no boxing footage available with which to audition. He provided commentary for a football (soccer) match instead.
He was a Morse-code operator in the Royal Navy during WWII.
His father was the vice-president of an amateur boxing club.

Personal Quotes (2)

On the 1974 fight in Kinshasa, Zaire: Suddenly, Ali looks very tired indeed. In fact, Ali, at times now, looks as though he can barely lift his arms up. Oh's he's got him with a right hand! He's got him! Oh you can't believe it. And I don't think Foreman's going to get up. He's trying to beat the count. And he's out! Oh my God, he's won the title back at 32!
There are far more occasions when you shouldn't be speaking than when you should. You're there to help people, and you must only speak when you feel you can help them. It's pointless telling them what they can patently see for themselves.

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