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  • 10/6/2010

Comedy legend Norman Wisdom dies

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British comedy legend and slapstick actor Norman Wisdom has died at the age of 95 after suffering a series of strokes over six months.

Charlie Chaplin’s “favorite clown” died at the Abbots wood Nursing Home on the Isle of Man following a long-time successful career in cinema, theater and television.

"Norman was one of the family, and although he was my client he was probably my best friend," his agent of 30 years Johnny Mans told Reuters. "I thought he’d live to 100."

Best-known for his bumbling roles in slapstick films of the 1950s and 60s, Wisdom was awarded a Knighthood by the British Queen in 2000.

Wisdom received the BAFTA Award for his performance in Trouble in Store and was nominated for a Tony Award in 1966 for his role in the Broadway musical Walking Happy.

He also became an icon in hardline communist Albania, where his movies were among the few Western cultural products permitted in the country.

Norman starred in 32 television sitcoms and 19 films in total, as well as securing his own music hits, such as Don’t Laugh at Me in 1954 and The Wisdom of a Fool in 1957.

Source: presstv.ir

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