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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 6 March 1917York, England, UK
Date of Death 19 April 1992London, England, UK  (heart failure)
Birth NameFrancis Alick Howard
Height 6' 0½" (1.84 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Francis Alick Howerd, who grew up to become popular British comedian Frankie Howerd, was born in 1917 and first set foot on stage at age 4. A Sunday school teacher as a teen, his father, who died in 1934, had been an Army man for most of his life. Not long after Frankie was invited to audition for RADA. His audition was poor and from then on he knew his calling was not as an actor, but as a comedian. At 19 he put together revues for music halls that included monologues, impressions, jokes and comic songs. This was not easy since he suffered from major stage fright, a life-long debilitation. Following war service, Frankie refocused on his career with radio and theatre appearances. In the 1950s he finally earned his own TV variety shows, but his burgeoning reputation coupled with a lack of self-confidence led the painfully shy man to suffer severe emotional conflicts with this newlyfound success. This would culminate into a severe nervous breakdown in the early 1960s. Prone to deep depression and melancholia, Frankie somehow managed to regroup and earned high praise for both his musical comedy performance in the London production of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" (in the Zero Mostel role) and his work on the popular satire series That Was the Week That Was (1962). Though never a strong film performer, he managed to find work in such films as The Ladykillers (1955), Further Up the Creek (1958), The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery (1966), some 'Carry On' appearances, and the lead role in The House in Nightmare Park (1973). Frankie was awarded the OBE in 1977. In that same year his autobiography was published, "On My Way I Lost It." In early April of 1992, he went to the hospital with respiratory problems and died of heart failure on April 19th. He was buried at St. Gregory's Church in Weare, Somerset.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Trivia (7)

Died just before he was to begin filming his third "Carry On..." movie, Carry on Columbus (1992).
His famous stammering and hesitation bits actually stemmed from a severe, longstanding case of stage fright.
Died during the same weekend as fellow comedian Benny Hill.
His manager and partner was Dennis Heymer. They first met in 1955 and stayed together until Frankie's death.
Dennis Heymer died on 15 May 2009.
The relationship between Frankie Howerd and Dennis Heymer was featured in a BBC drama Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me (2008).
He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1977 Queen's New Year Honours List for his services to drama.

Personal Quotes (1)

[on Ray Milland] This enormously famous star is so self-effacingly modest, he's an object lesson for the rest of us in show business.

Salary (2)

Carry on Doctor (1968) £7,500
Carry on Up the Jungle (1970) £9,000

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