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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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 Links
- The Benny Hill Show
More detaied infomation on the The Benny Hill Show.
- Benny's Place
Celebrating the Legacy of Benny Hill.
- The Benny Hill Show on TV.com
Find the latest on the ITV1 show The Benny Hill Show, including video, season and episode guides, exclusive pictures, cast bios, and more.
- The Museum of Broadcast Communications
Thanks to his work in television, especially The Benny Hill Show, Benny Hill is the most universally recognized of British comedians. ...
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Benny Hill Quote
"That's what show business is, sincere insincerity." - Benny Hill
Quote via Wikiquote