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Date of Birth 31 October 1926Leeds, Yorkshire, England, UK
Date of Death 29 October 2011Roundhay, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, UK  (pneumonia)
Birth NameJames Wilson Vincent Savile
Height 5' 8½" (1.74 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jimmy Savile was born on October 31, 1926 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England as James Wilson Vincent Savile. He died on October 29, 2011 in Roundhay, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.

Trade Mark (4)

Saying "Now then, now then" and "How's about that, then?"
Peroxide blond hair and smoking a big cigar
His distinctive and frequently impersonated Yorkshire accent
Wearing tracksuits

Trivia (37)

He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1972 Queen's New Years Honours List and was awarded Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 1990 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to entertainment and charity.
Attended St. Anne's Roman Catholic School in Leeds, England.
Injured, although apparently not seriously, in a gas fire accident in England.
Was a "Bevin Boy" at the end of World War 2: drafted to work in the coal mines (between 10% and 15% of conscripts were sent to the mines rather than into the military).
His Radio Luxembourg programme for Decca in the early 60s, was known as 'The Teen & Twenty Disc Club'.
Was once voted tie-man of the year.
Is a member of MENSA.
Has run in many marathons and is thought to have helped raise over £40,000,000 for charitable causes.
Was a successful respected advertising icon in the 1970s. His most remembered advert was for the "wear seat belts" campaign called "clunk click every trip", which lead to widespread take-up of seat belt use. He has also advertised train journeys "let the train take the strain" and "this is the age of the train", Green Shield Stamps, Bisto Gravy (with his mother), Startrite Shoes and Dale Farm Yoghurts.
Before retirement often volunteered for patient portering duties at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Bucks.
Once pretended to be his own brother by wearing a short haired dark wig.
His second appearance on This Is Your Life (1969) is thought to have been a mistake by Thames TV, who had not only lost the recording of his first appearance but had completely forgotten that he had already appeared previously.
In 1962 Jimmy attempted to launch a recording career on Decca Records with the single "Ahab the Arab" written by Ray Stevens, this and its follow up "The Bossa Nova" sank quietly without trace.
In October 2009 traded in his ancient Volkswagen Camper van for a new model which he uses to travel the country.
In November 2009 he received an honorary degree in the arts from the University of Bedfordshire for his lifelong support of the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury, UK. He particularly supported Stoke Mandeville because he had sustained a spinal injury (from which he eventually made a full recovery) as a result of a tunnel roof-fall while he was working as a coal miner in the 1940s. In October 2012, the university announced that the degree would be posthumously rescinded following a series of sexual abuse allegations made against him following his death.
He called his beloved mother by the nick-name of "The Duchess".
Once lived in a caravan in the back of the BBC car-park.
Created the "Double Deck" that could play two vinyl records back-to-back.
Gave the name to the show "Top of the Pops".
He held the first UK Disco.
Buried in the town of Scarborough, England. As he wished, his coffin was interred at a 45-degree angle to the vertical so it was "overlooking" the sea. [November 2011]
His closed coffin was laid In-State for a short time at the Queens Hotel, Leeds, England.
His funeral service was held at St Anne's Roman Catholic Cathedral, Leeds, England, where he had been christened as a baby. [November 2011]
Left behind charity accounts totaling more than £5 million as well as a personal wealth worth at least £2.5 million. During his lifetime, he is believed to have raised £45 million for charity.
Sir Peter Parker, Chairman of British Rail, was so pleased with the success of the "This is the Age of the Train" advertising campaign which Jimmy Savile fronted that he gave him a gold pass allowing him unlimited use of the British railway system.
Never married.
In October 2012, almost a year after his death, an ITV documentary examining claims of sexual abuse against Savile led to broad media coverage and a substantial and rapidly growing body of witness statements and sexual abuse claims, including accusations against public bodies for covering up or failure of duty. Scotland Yard launched a criminal investigation into allegations of child sex abuse by Savile over six decades, describing him as a "predatory sex offender", and later stated that they were pursuing over 400 lines of inquiry based on the testimony of 300 potential victims via fourteen police forces across the UK. By late October 2012, the scandal had resulted in inquiries or reviews at the BBC, within the National Health Service, the Crown Prosecution Service, and the Department of Health.
In January 2013, a joint report by the NSPCC and Metropolitan Police, "Giving Victims a Voice", stated that 450 people had made complaints against Savile, with the period of alleged abuse stretching from 1955 to 2009 and the ages of the complainants at the time of the assaults ranging from 8 to 47. The suspected victims included 28 children aged under 10, including 10 boys aged as young as 8. A further 63 were girls aged between 13 and 16 and nearly three-quarters of his victims were under 18. Some 214 criminal offenses were recorded, with 34 rapes having been reported across 28 police forces. Savile was never charged during his lifetime.
Due to his distinctive voice, mannerisms, catchphrases and dress sense, he was one of the most frequently impersonated celebrities in Britain for decades. Notable examples are by The Two Ronnies (1971), Mike Yarwood, Alistair McGowan and Tweenies (1999).
In the 1990s, satirist Christopher Morris broadcast a spoof obituary of Savile on BBC Radio 1 which claimed he had dropped dead during the Stoke Mandeville Hospital Boxing Day party, but the patients were not mourning and wished he had suffered rather more.
Irvine Welsh has acknowledged that he based his character Freddy Royle, from his 1996 story "Lorraine Goes to Livingston", on Savile. Royle, a children's TV presenter described as the nation's "favourite caring, laconic uncle", turns out to be a child molester and necrophiliac, raising millions for the hospital where he commits his crimes.
Spitting Image made a puppet of Jimmy Savile in the early nineties which showed him, in a series of sketches, being chased around by doctors with butterfly nets.
To questions about his apparent lack of a sex life, Savile claimed that he had committed himself to entertainment from an early age and he had ruled out personal ties to concentrate on his career. He said that sex was "rather like going to the bathroom".
Following the revelation of his crimes, there were many calls for him to be stripped of his Knighthood and OBE (Order of The British Empire) but this is impossible due to the honors dying with the person.
Despite his family friendly persona, he was known, long before his crimes came to light, to those who worked with him as cold, vindictive and unfriendly.
The nature and scale of Savile's crimes have led everyone associated with him to go to great lengths to distance themselves. The BBC has either edited footage from Savile's programmes or banned them outright, all of the hospitals who had wings bearing Savile's name had it removed, and Savile's ornate headstone in Leeds was taken down, broken into pieces, and taken to a landfill.
Was the recipient of many honorary degrees and titles, almost all of which were rescinded upon his crimes being revealed.

Personal Quotes (29)

He's a sabra. A sabra is an Israeli fruit that's prickly on the outside and all soft and lovely inside. That's Jonathan King.
Don't try and get people to like you, but try to make sure they don't DISlike you.
I've got everything. What have I got left in life? To wake up tomorrow. Because if tomorrow is as good as today, that'll do for me.
Question One: Am I doing my thing at the cost of somebody else? Answer: No. Question Two: Am I doing my thing and getting plenty? Answer: Yes. Now if I'm a bit lucky, I don't see any reason why I shouldn't spread it about a bit, maybe, and make somebody else a bit lucky.
[comment by Ted Beston, the producer of his radio show] "Right from the start, we got on well together. If there was something I didn't agree with, or he didn't agree with, we'd sort it out. And at the end, we'd decide that *he* was right."
[interviewed a few days before he died] I've got to be nearly a hundred with nothing basically wrong with me apart from being a bit odd... but I've been a bit odd all my life.
All my life I was governed by fun. Single fella, no expenses, every day is Christmas Day, every night's New Years Eve. It's all fun. It was fun when I started and it's fun today, and there's nothing wrong with a bit of fun.
I had to look after the welfare of hundreds of youngsters. I was protecting my young patrons from drugs and other immoral influences.
Some of the hairy things I've done would get me 10 years inside.
The people who work for me call me the Godfather. And nobody messes with the Godfather. He is the boss. The big man.
I had a lively couple of years, with the tabloids sniffing about, asking round the corner shops - everything - thinking there must be something the authorities knew that they didn't. Whereas in actual fact I've got to be the most boring geezer in the world because I ain't got no past. And so, if nothing else, it was a ginormous relief when I got the knighthood, because it got me off the hook.
What people need in life, especially young people, they need the four r's, they need to be able to read, write, reckon up and the difference between right and wrong. That's what it's all about. If you've got those things to start with, then you can do anything on that foundation.
When you are single it's because of some reason that you like being single. Jesus didn't find any problem with it. I don't find any problem with it. A lot of the time, people say 'What? You're still single, you've never got married? Why didn't you get married?' The answer is I haven't the faintest idea.
People have tried to walk over me all my life. Finish up with a broken leg... that's all right.
I never brought any harm to anybody. I never badmouthed anybody. It sounds a bit yucky but it's my nature, it's my lifestyle. And I never thought there was a profit in being bad. There might be a profit for a few days, a few weeks, even a few years, but sooner or later you get your comeuppance. I mean, I know a million bad people but I've no desire to be one, only because it's not my nature.
[on Margaret Thatcher] I knew the real woman and the real woman was something else. The times I spent up there [Chequers] - Denis, me and her, shoes off in front of the fire.
[when asked by Louis Theroux how he was feeling] Regularly.
[asked by Angus Deayton if he'd been a wrestler] I still am. I'm feared in every girls' school in this country.
Hospitals have rules with patients and things like that. Well, because I'm dyslexic when I want to be, I don't understand rules.
Women know too much. I'm all for girls that don't know too much.
[on Gary Glitter] Now Gary, all he did was to take his computer into PC World to get it repaired. They went into the hard drive, saw all these dodgy pictures and told the police and the police then 'Oh we've got a famous person ... Oh my goodness, yeah we'll have them'. But Gary has not sold 'em, has not tried to sell 'em, not tried to show them in public or anything like that. It were for his own gratification. Whether it was right or wrong is, of course, it's up to him as a person. But they didn't do anything wrong but they are then demonised. If you said to that copper, what's Gary Glitter done wrong? Well nothing really. He's just sat at home watching dodgy films.
[on his father, a bookmaker's clerk] He was honest and he was skint. I don't even bet on traffic lights.
[on Meet Ricky Gervais (2000)] Here is the man with the shortest series in the world.
My life from start to finish has been fun. Not fun at anybody else's expense, not fun causing trouble or bother or this or that. Straightforward fun and it's stood me well and I've managed to actually make a living out of having a bit of fun and I can recommend it. Life is just a breeze. You wake up if you're lucky, you don't want to upset anybody, you don't want anything from anybody, except you just want to share the fact that they're here, because life is people. And when I go outside whatever door I'm in, I'm in the middle of 60 million friends, and it's a great way to live.
If you see a situation in a public place that could be a danger to children, tell somebody about it and see if something can't be done about it.
I have tended to specialize in poorly people in hospital beds. That's my general sort of specialization. There are all sorts of other people worthy of it but there's all sorts of other people doing things that I do.
I happen to be in the pop business. You cannot go through the pop business without knowing lots of young ladies. But the newspapers will juice it up no end, you see, and if they juice it up no end that's the way that they work. And of course in the pop business you have a lot of girlfriends but I ain't never married them.
I think all children should be eaten at birth.
[on why he spent so much time in hospitals] People have said to me, "Here, what about all this hospital work? Surely this has to be a publicity gimmick?" Five minutes in a hospital is a gimmick if you've got the newspapers there, if you've got the television there. Five minutes is a gimmick. Five years is not a gimmick.

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