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Norman Wisdom (1915–2010)


Norman Wisdom has become the great British clown very much in the mould of Charles Chaplin with his "little man" in the ill fitting suit and cloth cap. His character is "everyman", much put upon but struggling through to a (usually) happy ending. He was brought up in an orphanage after his mother died and his father disowned him. He joined the ... See full bio »

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Known For

Trouble in Store
(1953)
Follow a Star
Follow a Star Norman Truscott
(1959)
On the Beat
On the Beat Norman Pitkin / Giulio Napolitani
(1962)
The Square Peg
The Square Peg Norman Pitkin / General Schreiber
(1958)

Filmography

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 2010 Labrats (Video)
Scaredy (voice)
 2007 Expresso (Short)
The Vicar (Buzz) (as Sir Norman Wisdom)
 1995-2004 Last of the Summer Wine (TV Series)
Billy Ingleton / Man carrying gnome
- The General's Greatest Battle (2004) ... Billy Ingleton (credit only)
- The Coming of the Beast (2001) ... Billy Ingleton (as Sir Norman Wisdom)
- Gnome and Away (2001) ... Man carrying gnome (uncredited)
 2004 Five Children and It
Nesbitt
 2004 Coronation Street (TV Series)
Ernie Crabb
- Episode #1.5792 (2004) ... Ernie Crabb
 2003 The Last Detective (TV Series)
Lofty Brock
- Lofty (2003) ... Lofty Brock
 2002 Dalziel and Pascoe (TV Series)
Bernie Marks
- Mens Sana (2002) ... Bernie Marks
 1998 Casualty (TV Series)
Mr. Cole
- She Loved the Rain (1998) ... Mr. Cole
 1992 Double X: The Name of the Game
Arthur Clutten / Maurice Rigby
 1983 Bergerac (TV Series)
Vincent
- Almost Like a Holiday (1983) ... Vincent
 1981 BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series)
Bernard Flood
- Going Gently (1981) ... Bernard Flood
 1976 Hudson & Halls (TV Series)
Guest
 1974-1976 A Little Bit of Wisdom (TV Series)
Norman
- Otherwise Engaged (1976) ... Norman
- Firebug (1976) ... Norman
- The Party's Over (1976) ... Norman
- To Catch a Thief (1976) ... Norman
- Double Trouble (1976) ... Norman
 1973 Nobody Is Norman Wisdom (TV Series)
Nobody
- Episode #1.6 (1973) ... Nobody
- Episode #1.5 (1973) ... Nobody
- Episode #1.4 (1973) ... Nobody
- Episode #1.3 (1973) ... Nobody
- Episode #1.2 (1973) ... Nobody
 1970 Norman (TV Series)
Norman Wilkins
- The Girl Pupil (1970) ... Norman Wilkins
- The Salvation Army lass (1970) ... Norman Wilkins
- A Career in Music (1970) ... Norman Wilkins
 1969 What's Good for the Goose
Timothy Bartlett
 1968 The Night They Raided Minsky's
Chick Williams
 1967 Androcles and the Lion (TV Movie)
Androcles
 1966 Press for Time
Norman Shields / Emily, his mother / Wilfred, his grandfather (the P.M.)
 1966 The Sandwich Man
Boxing Vicar
 1964 Robinson Crusoe (TV Movie)
 1962 On the Beat
Norman Pitkin / Giulio Napolitani
 1962 The Girl on the Boat
Sam Marlowe
 1960 The Bulldog Breed
Norman Puckle
 1960 There Was a Crooked Man
Davy Cooper
 1959 Follow a Star
Norman Truscott
 1958 The Square Peg
Norman Pitkin / General Schreiber
 1957 A Santa for Christmas (TV Movie)
 1957 Just My Luck
Norman Hackett
 1956 Up in the World
Norman
 1955 Man of the Moment
Norman
 1955 As Long as They're Happy
Norman - Cameo Appearance (uncredited)
 1955 One Good Turn
Norman
 1953 Television Christmas Party (TV Movie)
 1953 Trouble in Store
Norman
 1953 For Your Pleasure (TV Movie)
 1952 Television Christmas Party (TV Movie)
 1952 Norman Wisdom (TV Movie)
 1952 The Norman Wisdom Show (TV Movie)
 1951 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Mike Angelo
- London Melody (1951) ... Mike Angelo
 1951 Vic's Grill (TV Series)
- Episode #1.4 (1951)
- Episode #1.3 (1951)
- Episode #1.2 (1951)
- Episode #1.1 (1951)
 1949 Cuckoo College (TV Movie)
Janitor
 1948 Date with a Dream
Shadow Boxer
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He performed in the pantomime, "Turn Again Whittington," at the London Palladium in London, England with Yana, Desmond Walter-Ellis, Thelma Ruby, Eddie Leslie, and David Davenport in the cast. See more »

Publicity Listings:

6 Print Biographies | 53 Articles | 15 Pictorials | 31 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Official Sites:


Alternate Names:

Sir Norman Wisdom | a favour

Height:

5' 2" (1.57 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I don't know nothing about communism. But I know the Albanians loved me. Same reason as anyone else loves me. Because I made them laugh. See more »

Trivia:

Born of very humble beginnings to Frederick, a chauffeur, and Maude Wisdom, a dressmaker. His mother left the family (which included a brother) when he was nine. See more »

Trademark:

Lop-sided grin Falling over See more »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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