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Arthur Askey posters

Birthday

June 6, 1900

Birth Sign

Gemini

Height

5' 2" (1.57 m)

About

Arthur Askey was a diminutive British comedian, born in 1900. He began his professional career as a music hall performer in 1924, but it wasn't until 1938's Band Waggon (1940) (which lasted a full five seasons), that he became a household name in England. His film debut was in the 1937 British feature Calling All Stars (1937), but then, in 1939, Band Waggon (1940) swooped in again and made him a film star with a film following on from when Arthur and co-star Richard "Stinker" Murdoch were evicted from their beloved flat. Film stardom carried Arthur through to the mid-1940s, but it wasn't till 1956 when he starred in another film, Ramsbottom Rides Again (1956). He started his own television show: The Arthur Askey Show (1961), where, of course, he was the main player and that carried on till his retirement. He died in 1982.

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