Norman Wisdom

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Sir Norman Joseph Wisdom, OBE (4 February 1915 – 4 October 2010) was an English actor, comedian and singer-songwriter best known for a series of comedy films produced between 1953 and 1966 featuring his hapless onscreen character Norman Pitkin. Wisdom gained a celebrity status in lands as far apart as South America, Iran and many Eastern Bloc countries, particularly in Albania where his films were the only ones by Western actors permitted by dictator Enver Hoxha to be shown. Charlie Chaplin once referred to Wisdom as his "favourite clown".

Wisdom later forged a career on Broadway in New York and as a television actor, winning critical acclaim for his dramatic role of a dying cancer patient in the television play Going Gently in 1981. It was broadcast on 5 June that year. He toured Australia and South Africa. After the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, a hospice was named in his honour. In 1995 he was given the Freedom of the City of London and of Tirana. The same year he received an OBE.

Wisdom was knighted in 2000 and spent much of his later life on the Isle of Man. His later appearances included roles in Last of the Summer Wine and Coronation Street, and he retired from acting at the age of 90 after his health deteriorated.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Requests the Pleasure: The Best of Joyce Grenfell Joyce Grenfell 1
2009 1954 British Hit Parade: Britain's Greatest Hits, Volume 3 Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Hits That Live Forever: 1950s Various Artists 1
1996 Sentimental Journey Various Artists 1
2001 1000 Original Hits: 50's Various Artists 1
2003 Best of the Fifties Various Artists 1
2005 Second House with Those Wonderful Comedians Various Artists 1
A Time to Remember: 1957 Various Artists 1
Bring Me Sunshine Various Artists 1
Greatest Hits of the 50's Various Artists 1
Stars of the 50s Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 Gaily, Gaily / The Night They Raided Minsky's Henry Mancini / Charles Strouse 1

Other + Spokenword

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
British Comedy Classics Various Artists 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 Original Hits - 50s Various Artists 1

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