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Date of Birth 23 March 1920Barnes, London, England, UK
Date of Death 7 July 1988London, England, UK  (pneumonia)
Birth NameJames Keith O'Neill Edwards
Nickname Professor
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jimmy Edwards was born on March 23, 1920 in Barnes, London, England as James Keith O'Neill Edwards. He was an actor and writer, known for Whack-O! (1956), Three Men in a Boat (1956) and The Plank (1967). He was married to Valerie Seymour. He died on July 7, 1988 in London.

Spouse (1)

Valerie Seymour (1958 - 1969) (divorced)

Trade Mark (2)

A huge handlebar moustache - from his time in the RAF
His stage act of playing a trombone and telling a rambling gag at the same time.

Trivia (7)

Served as a Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, winning the DFC ( Distinguished Flying Cross).
Jimmy Edwards, DFC., flew a Dakota in WW11, an aircraft for which he retained a great affection. Indeed, he became reacquainted with the controls in a 1980s TV tribute to the RAF.
His hobbies were polo and fox hunting.
Stood unsuccessfully for Parliament as Conservative candidate for North Paddington.
Grew his ample moustache to conceal scars sustained during a crash landing of his Dakota due to enemy action in World War II.
Made his stage debut at the Windmill Theatre in London after World War II. Also acted on radio from 1947.
Son of mathematics professor R.W.K. Edwards. Educated at St. Paul's Cathedral Choir School and King's College School, Wimbledon. Graduated with an MA from St. John's College, Cambridge.

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