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Benny Hill

Updated on October 3, 2014

Comedian Benny Hill

Like many of you, I grew up as a big fan of Benny Hill and his show. Benny, whose name at birth was Alfred Hawthorn Hill, was born in United Kingdom in 1925. Hill enjoyed a long run (40 years) as one of the most recognizable comedic faces on British television with his hilarious program, The Benny Hill Show.

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Early Life

Hill was born on January 21, 1924, in Southampton, the largest city on the south coast of England. Early on, Hill expressed an interest for the theater and performing, but struggled to find his niche. After a stint in the military in World War II, and odd jobs such as a bridge operator and drummer, "Benny" (the name he would adopt after his comedic hero Jack Benny) finally got a foot in the door of the entertainment industry by becoming an assistant stage manager in the late 1940s.

Television and Film Career

After some radio work, Hill finally got his first television job in 1949. Benny would work on and off in T. V. until his big break in 1955 with The Benny Hill Show, which would run in various forms for the next forty years. His show, which was largely based on sketches, slapstick routines and silent film type comedy and sight gags, was aired in over 140 countries.

Hill would also have a somewhat successful foray into the world of film, appearing in seven movies between 1956 and 1977. Hill even recorded a hit record with his single, "Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West)," on the Best of Benny Hill album made the UK chart as Christmas number one single in 1971.

Later Years and Legacy

Following an amazingly long run on British television, The Benny Hill Show, was canceled in 1989, but thanks to cable T. V., his popularity did not suffer. Hill's last appearance on T. V. would be in 1991, when he was the subject of a BBC documentary.

Hill was found dead in his South West London flat on April 21, 1992, although the day of his exact death will always be in question, the cause was a heart attack. Benny hill a lifelong bachelor, was laid to rest in Hollybrook Cemetery near his birthplace in Southampton.

Benny Hill will always be remembered for his long run with The Benny Hill Show, which is still shown worldwide in syndication today. Hill should also be remembered as a groundbreaking performer, who, while writing his own material, pushed the envelope of comedy with his racy, unconventional style.

Benny Hill - Golden Greats DVD

Benny Hill - Golden Greats
Benny Hill - Golden Greats

Here are the funniest moments and naughtiest antics of British comic Benny Hill! Each volume features hilarious sketches, ridiculous slapstick, zany spoofs, and Benny's buxom and beautiful Hill's Angels.

 

Benny Hill: Golden Classics DVD

Benny Hill: Golden Classics
Benny Hill: Golden Classics

Benny's back, hot on the heels of his bestselling first-ever DVD release BENNY HILL GOLDEN GREATS, with more from the master of manic mimicry and mayhem! This hilarious new DVD features Benny at his most hilarious - over six hours of uproarious laughs - with more songs, more sketches, and more Hill's Angels. Who could ask for anything more!

 

Benny Hill Quote

"That's what show business is, sincere insincerity." - Benny Hill

Quote via Wikiquote

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      Cyberspace LM 

      5 years ago

      Benny was the man! Thanks for visiting my lenses!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      benny hill always made me laugh blessed by a squid angel :)

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      Tonie Cook 

      7 years ago from USA

      This was one of my favorite comedy programs of all time.

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      justholidays 

      8 years ago

      British humour again and forever! My favorite British actor; he was so talented and creative! I too grew up watching his shows on TV althought the French translation wasn't always happy, the show is still one of my favorites!

      Thanks for this lens.

      Dom.

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      clembob 

      9 years ago

      I too love Benny Hill. I grew up watching Hill and the Monty Python shows

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      Love Benny, I was so glad that the US and Canada took him to their hearts especially when Britain, after decades of laughing at the man, turned against him. Ah PC it is a dangerous thing.

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      Tony Payne 

      9 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Benny Hill was sent to Bournemouth during WWII to avoid the German air raids on Southampton. I added this as a featured lens on my Bournemouth lens.

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      Sniff It Out 

      9 years ago

      Nice lens, Benny Hill was a very funny comedian :) 5***** and lensrolled to my Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West) lyric lens

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      triathlontraini1 

      10 years ago

      I love British humor, and he was one of the best. :)

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      Robin S 

      10 years ago from USA

      Love Benny! Great tribute lens to a very funny guy!

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      Tony Payne 

      10 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I loved Benny Hill. He is still funny, even today. I passed him in the street once at Oxford Circus in London. 5***** for a nice tribute lens.

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      SherryHolderHunt 

      10 years ago

      Benny Hill was hilarious! 5*s

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