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Lionel Blair

Blair was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is the son of Myer Ogus and Deborah (Della) Greenbaum (mother's name given as Brenner on FreeBMD). His father was a barber; he emigrated from Russia to Canada to start a new life and his wife joined him shortly afterwards. The family was Jewish.[4] Blair came to Britain when he was two years old. His first public performances were with his sister Joyce (1932–2006) in the Manor House[5] Underground station air raid shelters and on the trains of the Piccadilly Line during the air raids of the Second World War. He attended the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford in 1944. Blair eventually rekindled his passion for musical theatre and began working in the West End. He gave up acting for dancing in 1947 although he subsequently appeared in the fringe production Out of the Blue (Chichester) and Who Killed Agatha Christie (national tour) among other acting credits. He took his stage name around this time, later changing it by deed poll just before he married in 1967 (his sister also decided to use the same surname professionally).

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Dec 12, 1931
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Sooty Show 1955-01-16
Latest Project:
Movie The Unforgettable Harry Secombe 2022
Known For
Poster of The One Show
Poster of The Farm
Poster of Last of the Summer Wine
Poster of The Sooty Show
Movie The Unforgettable Harry Secombe Himself 2022
Movie Larry Grayson: Shut That Door! Himself - Entertainer 2018-04-01
Series The Real Marigold Hotel Himself 2016-01-26
Movie Run For Your Wife Cyril 2012-05-16
Series The Week We Went To War Unknown 2009-09-07
Series Peter Kay's Britain's Got the Pop Factor... and Possibly a New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly on Ice Unknown 2008-10-12
Series Britain's Got More Talent Unknown 2007-06-09
Series The Story of Light Entertainment Himself 2006-07-22
Series The One Show Unknown 2006-08-14
Series The Farm Unknown 2004-09-26
Series Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway Unknown 2002-06-08
Series Melissa Himself, Party Guest 1997-05-12
Movie An Audience with Elton John Himself 1997-09-27
Series The Ant & Dec Show Unknown 1995-04-06
Series Pebble Mill Unknown 1991-10-14
Series Birds of a Feather Lionel Blair 1989-10-16
Movie Absolute Beginners Harry Charms 1986-04-04
Series Countdown Unknown 1982-11-02
Series The Kenny Everett Television Show Unknown 1981-12-24
Movie The Plank Paint-covered House Owner 1979-12-17
Series The Kenny Everett Video Show Unknown 1978-07-03
Series An Audience with... Himself 1978-01-08
Movie Mission: Monte Carlo Quinn Travis 1974-01-01
Series Last of the Summer Wine Lionel Blair 1973-01-04
Series The Persuaders! Unknown 1971-09-17
Movie Will the Real Mr. Sellers... Self 1969-12-18
Movie Maroc 7 Hotel Receptionist 1967-04-07
Movie A Hard Day's Night TV Choreographer 1964-07-07
Movie The Beauty Jungle Talk of the Town Producer 1964-08-25
Movie Play It Cool Himself 1962-03-01
Movie The World of Suzie Wong Dancing Sailor 1960-11-10
Series The Sooty Show Himself 1955-01-16