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Overview (4)

Born in Rothwell, Northamptonshire, England, UK
Birth NameJames Smith
Nickname Jimmy
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Jim Dale began his career as a stand-up comic. He sharpened his comedy skills during a stint in the army, where he organized and performed in camp shows. After his discharge he pursued a comedy career, and landed a job as the warm-up comic on a musical variety show. He did so well that the producers gave him a spot on the show as a singer, and he quickly became a recording star. He was signed for a small part in one of the "Carry On" films, Carry on Cabby (1963), but the audience reaction to him was so great the he was soon made a regular member of the cast. Unlike many comics, Dale insisted on performing his own stunts, and in fact injured his arm performing a stunt in Carry on Again Doctor (1969), his last film of the series until 1992.

After his departure from the series he returned to the stage, notably in Sir Laurence Olivier's National Theater. In the 1970s Dale moved to the US for film and stage work, achieving success in the Broadway show "Barnum" and in a string of film comedies for Disney.

He returned to Britain in 1992 for an appearance in the final "Carry On" film, Carry on Columbus (1992).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: frankfob2@yahoo.com

He became hooked on show business while at school taking dancing lessons in his spare time. while working in a shoe factory. he was chosen as one of Carol Levis' Discoveries (The forerunner of talent shows). He worked as a teenage stand up comic then began making a name for himself as a pop singer & tv personality. Hosting '6-5 Special'got him instant fame. In 1966 he made his Shakespearean debut as Autolycus in 'A Winters Tale' at the Edinburgh Festival and in London which was later made into a film. He wrote the music for the songs in the production. Among his other song writing successes were the lyrics for the title song of the hit film 'Georgy Girl' which was nominated for an Oscar, the lyrics for the songs in the film 'Shalako' (68) and 'Twinky (69) His own recording of'Be My Girl' reached no 2 in the charts. While making 'Carry on Doctor' he was also appearing on stage in the evening in the pop version of 'A Midsummer Nights Dream' at the Saville Theatre. His work with the Pop Theatre Group, forerunner of the Young Vic led to the lead role in the National Theatre production of 'The National Health'(70)gaining high praise in both the stage and film versions. He then took the physically demanding lead in 'Scapino' which he helped to adapt from the Moliere original. It was a major success in Los Angeles, San Francisco and on Broadway earning him the Drama Desk Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award. With offers pouring in he settled in Americaand appeared in the Disney films 'Pete's Dragon' and 'The Spaceman and King Arthur'. In 'Bloodshy'(79)he plated twins and their father doing all his own stunts earning him the rare distinction of honorary membership of the Association of Hollywood stuntmen.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tonyman5

Spouse (2)

Julia Schafler (1980 - present)
Patricia (1957 - 1977) ( divorced) ( 4 children)

Trivia (20)

Performs the unabridged Harry Potter audio books and is cited twice in the Guinness Book of World Records for creating the most character voices in an audiobook (more than 200) and for voicing the first six "Top Ten" selling audiobooks of all time. He also has won a record nine "Audie" awards.
Ex-father-in-law of Sara Crowe.
He was considered for the role of the Doctor in the popular BBC series Doctor Who (1963), after the departure of Jon Pertwee in 1974.
He was awarded the M.B.E. (Member of the order of the British Empire) in the 2003 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to British Children's Literature in America.
Father of Adam Dale, who is an aerial cameraman, and Toby Dale.
Good friend of fellow "Carry On..." star Peter Gilmore and the late Kenneth Williams.
In the early 1960s, he presented Children's Favourites on BBC Radio, for a year.
Won the 1980 Tony Award for Actor in a Musical for "Barnum". Nominated three times for the Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Drama: "Scapino" in 1975, "Joe Egg" in 1985 and "Candide" in 1997. Nominated for the 2006 Tony Award for Supporting or Features Actor in a Musical for "Three Penny Opera".
He narrated Peter and the Starcatchers (2004) audio book,[36] and its three sequels.
At the age of 22 he became the first pop singer to work with George Martin, who produced all his hit records. Several of his songs entered the UK Singles Chart, including "Be My Girl" (1957, UK No.2), "Just Born (To Be Your Baby)" (1958, UK No.27), "Crazy Dream" (1958, UK No. 24) and "Sugartime" (1958, UK No. 25).
In 2017, Dale narrated Spin: The Rumpelstiltskin Musical by Edelman and Fishman, noted as being the first audiobook musical.
In 2003, he was awarded the MBE, as part of the Queen's Birthday Honours List, for his work in promoting English Children's Literature.
In November 2006 Dale starred as Charlie Baxter in a one-night only concert version of the Sherman brothers musical, Busker Alley alongside Glenn Close. This was a benefit for the York Theatre Company, and was held at Hunter College in New York City.
He wrote the lyrics to The Seekers' hit "Georgy Girl", which earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.
He was offered the role of Jungle Boy in Carry on Up the Jungle (1970) which was originally titled 'Carry on Jungle Boy', but turned it down as the character had no dialogue. The role went to Terry Scott.
Did his own stunts for Carry on Again Doctor (1969). These left him with back problems later in life. The slide down the stairs on a medicine trolley tore a muscle in his left arm, which had to be operated on in hospital. Regardless, he refused to get a stunt double for the hammock fall, despite Peter Rogers' huge concern.
Was supposed to play Jim Tanner in Carry on Camping (1969), but was unavailable. The role went to Julian Holloway.
He narrated the Harry Potter video games and many of the interactive "extras" on the Harry Potter DVD releases. He also holds three Guinness World Records. One for occupying the first six places in the Top Ten Audio Books of America and Canada 2005.[34] His second for creating 134 different voices for one audiobook, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. and his third for breaking his own record with 146 voices for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2007. Dale opened every episode of the ABC drama Pushing Daisies as the unseen narrator.
He wrote and appeared in his one-man show, Just Jim Dale, looking back over nearly sixty years in show business. It opened on 15 May 2014 at the Roundabout Theatre Company Laura Pels Theatre, winning Dale his fifth Outer Critics Circle Award, and his fifth Drama Desk Award.
The part of Captain Keane in 'Carry on up the Khyber'was written for Jim but he had stage commitments so the part went to Roy Castle.

Personal Quotes (16)

When I was nine, we'd take a bus to the seaside. Coming back, we'd take turns entertaining, singing songs and the like. I tried some stand-up comedy. I had a captive audience in that bus. Then I realized I wanted to do more than that.
It's a little like casting out hundreds of fishing lines into the audience. You start getting little bites, then more, then you hook a few, then more. Then you can start reeling them in and that's a loveliest feeling - the whole audience laughing with you.
I'm still a kid inside, and adventure is adventure wherever you find it.
I'd rather get a good clean laugh with good material, than an easy laugh by swearing or shocking. That's not clever or comedic, anybody can get a laugh that way, it's too easy.
Good acting is consistency of performance.
I only travel to good material, a good director and a good company. I won't work in another country for a year any longer, because I have a lovely wife and I adore her and I can't bear to be away from her.
I'd get more applause than some because I was just seventeen. If they didn't clap at the end of my act I would limp off stage and boy would they feel guilty. They would all burst into tremendous applause as they saw this poor cripple kid walking off.
You've got to love the villain if you have to play him. You've got to find something that you can live with in yourself if you're going to play the villain in a play on stage.
You cannot learn anything from success, you only learn from failure.
I remember certain people in the audience laughing and I wanted to ask: 'What are you laughing at? This isn't funny.' Now I realize that laughter can come from insecurity. They don't know how they should be feeling.
There is no spray can called 'Instant Stardom', only talent can keep you at the top.
I feel if some kid has sat down and felt I'm important enough to write two pages of words to and take up a lot of his valuable time, then he deserves a few words back, or even a phone call as I have done on a few occasions.
We talk about theatre museums filled with old costumes and things. What we also need is a theatre museum of the old routines on videotape. We are only the custodians of those techniques, and they should be preserved.
The joy about the recording is that you are your own boss. You don't have a director telling you how to do it.
On 'Carry On' cast: I knew I was entering a clique. When we sat around talking that's when you relaxed with them. We would rehearse in each other's dressing room quite a bit, so that's where we got intimate. But I wasn't deep friends with any of them because I had to go home to see the kids rather than go out on the booze. I had no idea about the relationship that Sid (Sidney James) had with Barbara Windsor. Kenneth Williams was probably one of my better friends although he was a real sod at times.
A career in the theatre demands so much commitment.

Salary (8)

Carry On Jack (1963) £150
Carry on Spying (1964) £450
Carry on Cleo (1964) £1,000
Carry on Cowboy (1965) £1,600
Don't Lose Your Head (1967) £2,100
Follow That Camel (1967) £3,000
Carry on Doctor (1967) £3,000
Carry on Again Doctor (1969) £3,250

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