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Harry Secombe

From Wikipedia Sir Harry Donald Secombe, CBE (8 September 1921 – 11 April 2001) was a Welsh comedian and singer. He played Neddie Seagoon, a central character in the BBC radio comedy series The Goon Show (1951–60). He also appeared in musicals and films and, in his later years, was a presenter of television shows incorporating hymns and other devotional songs. With the success of The Goon Show, Secombe developed a dual career as both a comedy actor and a singer. At the beginning of his career as an entertainer, his act would end with a joke version of the duet Sweethearts, in which he sang both the baritone and falsetto parts. Trained under Italian maestro Manlio di Veroli, he emerged as a bel canto tenor (characteristically, he insisted that in his case this meant "can belto") and had a long list of best-selling record albums to his credit. In 1958 he appeared in the film Jet Storm, which starred Dame Sybil Thorndike and Richard Attenborough and in the same year Secombe starred in the title role in Davy, one of Ealing Studios' last films. In 1963 he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). He was knighted in 1981, and jokingly referred to himself as Sir Cumference (in recognition of his rotund figure). The motto he chose for his coat of arms was "GO ON", a reference to goon.


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Born:
Sep 8, 1921 In Swansea, Wales, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
26
First Appeared:
In the movie Helter Skelter 1949-01-07
Latest Project:
Movie The Unforgettable Harry Secombe 2022
Known For
Poster of Chasing Rainbows - A Nation and Its Music
Poster of Oliver!
Poster of Alice Through the Looking Box
Poster of Svengali
Filmography
Movie The Unforgettable Harry Secombe Himself 2022
Series The Harry Secombe Show 2022
Movie Spike Milligan: Love, Light and Peace Himself (archive footage) 2014-12-10
Movie The Unknown Peter Sellers Himself 2000-04-25
Movie An Audience with Spike Milligan Himself 1996-02-24
Movie Spike Himself 1996-06-11
Series Chasing Rainbows - A Nation and Its Music Unknown 1986-09-14
Series Wogan Himself 1982-05-04
Movie Sunstruck 1972-12-22
Movie The Last Goon Show of All 1972-05-10
Movie The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins Stanley (segment "Envy") 1971-11-01
Movie Doctor in Trouble Llewellyn Wendover 1970-06-16
Movie Song of Norway Bioernstjerne Bjoernson 1970-11-04
Movie Rhubarb 1969-01-01
Movie The Bed Sitting Room Shelter Man 1969-06-01
Movie Oliver! Mr. Bumble 1968-09-26
Series The Telegoons 1963-10-05
Movie Alice Through the Looking Box Humpty Dumpty 1960-12-25
Movie Jet Storm Binky Meadows 1959-09-16
Movie Davy Davy Morgan 1958-01-02
Series The Harry Secombe Show 1955-09-24
Movie Svengali Barizel 1954-09-01
Movie Forces' Sweetheart Harry Llewelyn 1953-11-01
Movie Down Among the Z Men Harry Jones 1952-10-01
Movie Penny Points to Paradise Harry Flakers 1951-01-01
Movie Helter Skelter Alf 1949-01-07