Benny Hill
British comedian
Benny Hill
Benny Hill was an English comedian and actor, notable for his long-running television programme The Benny Hill Show.
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TAFFNER--Donald L. An iconic independent distributor and producer of television programming and live theater attractions, passed peacefully on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 after a brief stay in Lenox Hill Hospital, Manhattan. Among his many achievements, he and his wife-business partner, Eleanor Bolta, were responsible for bringing such television
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Paid Notice: Deaths TAFFNER, DONALD L
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TAFFNER--Donald L. An iconic independent distributor and producer of television programming and live theater attractions, passed peacefully on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 after a brief stay in Lenox Hill Hospital, Manhattan. Among his many achievements, he and his wife-business partner, Eleanor Bolta, were responsible for bringing such television
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Why Loriot gets lost in translation - The Guardian Blogs (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Who still dares to laugh at Mr Bean or Benny Hill? There are honourable exceptions, like Lee Evans, but generally comedians have given up on physical comedy and handed the stage to the masters of CGI (personally, I blame the rise of stand-up and the
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Get jazzed for Hill, Anderson performance - StarNewsOnline.com
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In the mid-'90s, Benny Hill was a promising young saxophonist, pretty good by some standards. But he wanted to get better. So, with the help of a friend, he took the initiative. Hill contacted renowned saxophonist Wessell Anderson and earned an
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The STI 2011 in the Year 2011 - AmmoLand.com (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
On the pistolsmithing side of things, both Dave Dawson and Benny Hill “rode to the rescue†in the early days by applying their vast 1911 knowledge to the 2011. These two Grand Masters were competitive on the range and also in the shop
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LAPPEMAN: Cue maddening music - Gold Coast Bulletin News
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For those who can't be bothered, Yakety Sax is the famous Benny Hill theme so just imagine it. Same-sex political partners Bob Katter and Aidan McLindon have hit a hurdle in their fledgling relationship with their newly merged party refused
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Coronation Street star Katherine Kelly avoids eager fan who wants to grips her ... - Daily Mail
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The star was seen getting chased down the street as she went shopping in Manchester in a Benny Hill fashion by a somewhat over-eager male fan. In comic scenes reminiscent of when comic legend Benny chased his Hill's Angels around in an attempt to grab
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Hill makes the most of switch to Jayco-2XU to claim Victorian Open Road ... - Cyclingnews.com
Google News - over 5 years
Time for some Benny Hill music: Jayco/2xu's Benjamin Hill proudly displays his gold medal from stage five. Ben Hill capped off a solid debut for Jayco-2XU at the Geelong Tour by winning the toughest stage of the National Road Series event,
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CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK; Oh So Subtle, as if Benny Hill Went on Holiday in the '60s
NYTimes - over 5 years
LONDON -- There is timely comedy, which is what most satire, stand-up and sitcoms are. And then there is timeless comedy, which, properly performed, should feel as old as the hills and as fresh as ocean air. Or in the case of ''One Man, Two Guvnors,'' Richard Bean's smash play at the National Theater, ocean air scented with the fumes of warm beer,
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VIDEO; A Tragic Actress's Twilight, Burning, Not Dimming
NYTimes - over 5 years
The Letter Long overshadowed by William Wyler's 1940 remake starring Bette Davis, the first filming, from 1929, of W. Somerset Maugham's stage play ''The Letter'' has re-emerged, thanks to a new DVD edition from Warner Archive. As the only surviving sound film of the radically innovative Broadway star Jeanne Eagels, the film is an important piece
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CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK; Old Stories, Spun Anew
NYTimes - over 5 years
LONDON -- If a cloud of sawdust seems to hang over the Old Vic Theater these days, that's because Kevin Spacey is chewing his way through the scenery there like an atomic termite. In a ripping old-fashioned star turn as Shakespeare's Richard III, Mr. Spacey gives fierce and flashy physical life to every twist of a power-mad man's corkscrew mind.
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Uncovering the dark side of Benny Hill - Herald Scotland
Google News - over 5 years
However, the prize for the classic paradoxical life must go to Benny Hill, who died in 1992 and is now featured in a new stage show coming to Glasgow's Tron Theatre. Written by and starring Grant Smeaton, Whatever Happened To Benny Hill? is a tale of
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Times Union, Albany, NY, Mark McGuire column - American Chronicle
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July 3--TROY -- The only thing missing was the circus music, or perhaps the frenetic Benny Hill theme "Yakety Sax." Take one play from the Tri-City ValleyCats last week. First and third, one out,
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Student mess - BBC News
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The milk float, named after Southampton-born Benny Hill's chart-topping song Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West), also collected more than 50 duvets which will become bedding for horses. The initiative, run by Southampton Solent University,
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Opinions burst outside the box - Sydney Morning Herald
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Claim that Angry Boys made you laugh/cry/throw shoes/long for the good old days of Benny Hill. You will find yourself in a world of trouble. Because when someone develops an opinion about TV, nothing is a matter of taste. Everything is a matter of
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Benny Hill
    TWENTIES
  • 1992
    In October 1992, following rumours that he was buried with large amounts of gold jewellery, an attempt was made by thieves to exhume his body.
    More Details Hide Details When authorities looked into his open grave the following morning "The vandals had dug down, exposing his coffin... Within two hours of the discovery, cemetery staff had refilled the grave and covered it with a half-ton concrete slab." Although still shown worldwide, The Benny Hill Show has not been shown on UK terrestrial, networked television since a tribute season on Channel 4 in 1992, and not on satellite or cable since a run on the now defunct channel Granada Plus – now ITV3 – in 1999. To quote his biographer Mark Lewisohn, "In Britain, Benny Hill is taboo." In the United States the show has been aired on the BBC America cable channel and over Tribune Broadcasting's Antenna TV digital subchannel network. An Australian channel, the Seven Network, showed some episodes as part of a Great Comedy Classics slot. On the Australian channel 7TWO, The Benny Hill Show is shown frequently. In Italy, Sky television broadcasts it quite regularly on the Comedy Channel. In Finland the channel MTV3 MAX presents The Benny Hill Show every weekend. Canada's VisionTV airs episodes of the show weekly.
    Hill was buried at Hollybrook Cemetery near his birthplace in Southampton on 26 April 1992.
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    He died at the age of 68 on 20 April 1992.
    More Details Hide Details On 22 April, after several days of unanswered telephone calls, his producer, Dennis Kirkland, climbed a ladder to the balcony of Hill's 3rd floor flat and upon seeing the body through a window had the neighbours call the police. The police broke into the flat and found Hill, dead, sitting in his armchair in front of the television. Hill's cause of death was recorded as coronary thrombosis.
    After a mild heart attack on 24 February 1992, doctors told him he needed to lose weight and recommended a heart bypass.
    More Details Hide Details He declined, and a week later was found to have kidney failure.
    In February 1992, Thames Television, which received a steady stream of requests from viewers for The Benny Hill Show repeats, finally gave in and put together a number of re-edited shows.
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  • 1990
    In 1990 a new show was produced complete with Hill and his usual team, called Benny Hill's World Tour: New York!
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1969
    In 1969, his show moved from the BBC to Thames Television, where it remained until cancellation in 1989, with an erratic schedule of one-hour specials.
    More Details Hide Details The series showcased Hill's talents as an imaginative writer, comic performer and impressionist. He may have bought scripts from various comedy writers but, if so, they never received an onscreen credit (there is evidence that he bought a script from one of his regular cast members in 1976, Cherri Gilham, whom he wrote to from Spain and told her he was using her "Fat Lady idea on the show" in January 1977). The most common running gag in Hill's shows was the closing sequence, the "run-off", which was literally a running gag in that it featured various members of the cast chasing Hill as part of the chase, along with other stock comedy characters such as policemen, vicars and old women. This was commonly filmed using "under-cranking" camera techniques, and included other comic devices such as characters running off one side of the screen and reappearing running on from the other. The tune used in all the chases, Boots Randolph's "Yakety Sax", is so strongly associated to the show that it is commonly referred to as "The Benny Hill Theme". It has been used as a form of parody in many ways by television shows and a small number of films. The Wachowskis used the same style (and musical theme) in a scene in the film V for Vendetta (2006). It also appears in the cult film The Gods Must Be Crazy.
  • OTHER
  • 1968
    Hill remained mostly with the BBC through to 1968, except for a few sojourns with ITV station ATV between 1957 and 1960 and again in 1967.
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  • 1964
    It was a topical show, such as a March 1964 episode which featured James Pond, 0017, in "From Moscow with Love" and his version of "The Beatles".
    More Details Hide Details He played a number of characters in the series, such as Harry Hill and Fred Scuttle. Hill's film credits include parts in five full-length feature films including Who Done It? (1956), Light Up the Sky! (1960), Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), in which he played the relatively straight role of the Toymaker, and The Italian Job (1969). He also made two short subject films, The Waiters (1969) and Eddie in August (1970), the latter being a TV production. Finally, a clip-show film spin-off of his early Thames TV shows (1969–73), called The Best of Benny Hill (1974), was a theatrically released compilation of Benny Hill Show episodes. Hill's audio recordings include "Gather in the Mushrooms" (1961), "Pepys' Diary" (1961), "Transistor Radio" (1961), "Harvest of Love" (1963) and "Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West)", which was the UK Singles Chart Christmas number one single in 1971. He also appeared in the 1986 video of the song "Anything She Does" by the band Genesis.
    He also had a radio programme lasting for three series called Benny Hill Time, on BBC Radio's Light Programme, from 1964 to 1966.
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    In 1964, he played Nick Bottom in an all-star TV film production of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
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  • 1962
    In addition, he attempted a sitcom anthology, Benny Hill, which ran from 1962 to 1963, in which he played a different character in each episode.
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  • 1961
    The only will that Hill had established dated to 1961 and left everything to his parents, but of course it was out of date and both beneficiaries had long since died.
    More Details Hide Details Next in line were his brother Leonard and sister Diana, neither of whom had been close to him, but they too were deceased and as a result, his estate, worth ₤7.5 million, went to seven nieces and nephews. After his death, another document reportedly left his estate to friends such as Sue Upton, Dennis Kirkland, Bob Todd, Louise English and Henry McGee, but it was never signed or witnessed and as a result, it had no legal standing.
  • 1950
    After the Second World War, Hill worked as a performer on radio. His first appearance on television was in 1950.
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  • 1944
    He saw action as a mechanic, truck driver and searchlight operator in Normandy after September 1944 and later transferred to the Combined Services Entertainment division before the end of the war.
    More Details Hide Details Inspired by the "star comedians" of British music hall shows, Hill set out to make his mark in show business. For the stage, he changed his first name to "Benny" in homage to his favourite comedian, Jack Benny.
  • 1942
    He was called up in 1942 and trained as a mechanic in the British Army.
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  • 1924
    Alfred Hawthorne Hill was born on 21 January 1924 in Southampton, on the south coast of England.
    More Details Hide Details His father, Alfred (later manager of a surgical appliance shop), and grandfather, Henry, had both been circus clowns. After leaving school, Hill worked at Woolworths, as a milkman, a bridge operator, a driver and a drummer before becoming assistant stage manager with a touring review.
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