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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 14 May 1926Buxton Street, Morecambe, Lancashire, England, UK
Date of Death 28 May 1984Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, UK  (heart attack)
Birth NameJohn Eric Bartholomew
Height 5' 8½" (1.74 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Eric Morecambe was born on May 14, 1926 in Buxton Street, Morecambe, Lancashire, England as John Eric Bartholomew. He was a writer and actor, known for The Morecambe & Wise Show (1968), Two of a Kind (1961) and The Morecambe & Wise Show (1978). He was married to Joan Morecambe. He died on May 28, 1984 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England.

Spouse (1)

Joan Morecambe (11 December 1952 - 28 May 1984) (his death) (3 children)

Trivia (21)

He collapsed and died on-stage at The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury in May 1984, watched by his wife, immediately after appearing in a show with Stan Stennett.
He was a lifelong fan of Luton Town Football club, and often wrote material about them for comedy sketches. Eric Morecambe Suite named in his honor at the ground.
Morecambe was one of five comedians pictured on a set of UK postage stamps issued 23 April 1998. His caricatured likeness was on the 26p stamp. The other comedians honored were Tommy Cooper (20p), Joyce Grenfell (37p), Les Dawson (43p), and Peter Cook (63p).
He is the father of Gail Morecambe and Gary Morecambe and adoptive father of Steven Morecambe.
His wife, Joan Morecambe, was a former dancer and model.
He appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) (aka "The Ed Sullivan Show"), with his partner-in-comedy, Ernie Wise, numerous times during the 1960s.
He called himself 'Morecambe' after his home town in England, UK
He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1976 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to entertainment.
He worked as a Bevin boy (i.e. was drafted into coal mining) during World War II, in Accrington, Lancashire.
Has a ward at Harefield Hospital, Middlesex in the UK named after him.
After appearing on their first television show, Running Wild (1954), Morecambe and Wise received many highly critical and derogatory reviews in newspapers, one of which said "Definition of Television - the box they buried Morecambe and Wise in". Eric carried a cutting of that review in his wallet for the rest of his life.
Avidly involved with charity work on behalf of heart research.
Was fond of doing Long John Silver impressions.
His hobbies included photography and twitching (bird watching).
Wrote a novel, entitled "Mr. Lonely", and a children's book, "The Reluctant Vampire".
Made his professional debut in 1939 in a touring show at the age of thirteen, having won a talent competition over 100 other contestants. There, he first met Ernie Wise.
Was director of Luton Town FC from 1970 to 1977, when he resigned and became the club's vice-president.
His real surname was Bartholomew. In Morecambe where he was born there is a pub called the Eric Bartholomew, named in his honour. It is close to a bronze statue of him on the seafront.
His sudden death along with Tommy Cooper's inspired Ronnie Barker to retire at the age of 59, rather than work himself into an early grave.
Supported Margaret Thatcher in the 1979 General Election.

Personal Quotes (6)

I know this great Doctor, if you're at Death's Door he'll pull you through!
Together with script writers Syd green and Dick Hills, we worked on the comedy ideas for this series.
We had not had time to establish ourselves as a double act before Ernie joined the Merchant Navy. I teamed up with the brother of the late Dave Morris.
I'm playing all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order.
My neighbour asked if he could use my lawnmower and I told him of course he could, so long as he didn't take it out of my garden.
I always take my wife morning tea in my pajamas, but is she grateful? No, she says she'd rather have it in a cup.

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