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Overview (3)

Born in Norwich, Norfolk, England, UK
Died in Fetcham, Surrey, England, UK  (cancer)
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Good-natured British actor Jimmy Hanley was groomed by the Rank Studio system during his teen years and earned stardom as the "boy next door" type in exuberant musicals and likeable comedies. He married actress Dinah Sheridan in 1942 and they appeared together in a number of featherweight war-era films, including Salute John Citizen (1942) and For You Alone (1945). When Jimmy grew up he tried everything from Henry V (1944) with Laurence Olivier to The Huggetts film series. But radio and TV were his forte and it was those two mediums which revived his star in the late 50s, becoming a familiar face on a number of TV series, notably "Jim's Inn" co-starring second wife Maggie Hanley, which ran from 1957-1963. Jimmy died of cancer in 1970.

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

Spouse (2)

Maggie Hanley (November 1955 - 13 January 1970) ( his death) ( 3 children)
Dinah Sheridan (8 May 1942 - 1952) ( divorced) ( 3 children)

Trivia (10)

He had three children with first wife actress Dinah Sheridan. Jeremy Hanley (born 1945), Jenny Hanley (born 1947) and a daughter who died at birth. With second wife Maggie Hanley (aka Margaret Avery), he had three daughters: Jane Henby , Sarah and Katy.
In later life, his son, Jeremy Hanley, became a British MP and served in the Ministry for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs under John Major's Conservative administration, was chairman of the party and was later knighted.
His "Start the Day Right" Sunday radio programme had a weekly audience of some three million listeners.
Was a champion fisherman and advised the fishing authorities of Ireland, Iceland and Egypt.
In April 1969 whilst a contestant in the "Middle East Sea Fishing Championship" his boat was shot at by the Egyptian Navy who believed he had Israeli commandos on board. He was arrested and held for several hours before being released.
Was a real life pub landlord at "The Plough" at Effingham.
In the early day's of ITV he was the host of "Jim's Inn" a weekly "ad mag" programme that ran for eight years before being outlawed by the "Pilkington Committee" which put an end to all such programmes.
He was commissioned into the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry at the start of World War Two. He was wounded on a commando raid on Norway and was invalided out in 1942.
At fourteen he was a circus bareback rider and at sixteen he was in films.
He went to the Italia Conti stage school and made his debut at twelve as John Darling in "Peter Pan" at the London Palladium.

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