Michael Crawford

Actor + Singer + Philanthropist
Born Jan 19, 1942

Michael Crawford OBE is an English actor and singer. He has garnered great critical acclaim and won numerous awards during his career, which covers radio, television, film, and stagework on both London's West End and on Broadway in New York City. He is best known for playing the hapless Frank Spencer in the popular 1970s British sitcom, Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (which made him a household name), as well as for originating the title role in The Phantom of the Opera.… Read More

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  • Michael Crawford, Wiseacre With A Pen, Dies At 70
    NYTimes - Jul 15, 2016
  • Man Gets 18 Months' Probation In Arizona Bestiality Case
    Yahoo News - Jan 14, 2016
  • Sexual Assault Suspect Arrested In Halifax County
    Yahoo News - Dec 05, 2015
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    The Huffington Post - Jul 02, 2013


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Michael Crawford.


1942 Birth Born on January 19, 1942.


1955 13 Years Old He auditioned, unsuccessfully, for the role of Miles in Britten's The Turn of the Screw - the role being given to another boy soprano, David Hemmings; but it appears that Crawford's audition sufficiently impressed Britten as in 1955 he hired him to play Sammy, alternating with David Hemmings, in another production of Let's Make an Opera, this time at the Scala Theatre in London. … Read More
1958 16 Years Old 1 More Event
Then in 1958 he was hired by the English Opera Group to create the role of Jaffet in another Britten opera, Noye's Fludde, based on the story of Noah and the Great Flood. … Read More


1963 21 Years Old After The War Lover, Crawford briefly returned to the stage and, after playing the lead role in the 1963 British film Two Left Feet, was offered a role in the British television series, Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life, as the Mod-style, tough-talking, motorbike-riding Byron. … Read More
1965 23 Years Old He met and married actress Gabrielle Lewis in Paris in 1965. … Read More
1967 25 Years Old 1 More Event
Crawford starred in The Jokers (directed by Michael Winner) with Oliver Reed in 1967.


1974 32 Years Old While he was playing in Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, Crawford was approached to star in the musical Billy (based on the novel Billy Liar), which opened in 1974 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. … Read More
1975 33 Years Old During this difficult time, his marriage fell apart and divorce followed in 1975. … Read More
1981 39 Years Old 1 More Event
Crawford starred in the 1981 Disney comedy/adventure film Condorman, playing an eccentric American comic book writer and illustrator named Woody Wilkins who is asked by his friend at the CIA to help a Russian woman to defect while acting out the fantasy of bringing his comic book creation, Condorman, to life. … Read More


1983 41 Years Old After the initial production of the show, he worked extensively with Torvill and Dean, and can be seen rinkside with them as they received their "perfect six" marks in the 1983 world championships for their 'Barnum' routine. … Read More
1984 42 Years Old In 1984, at the final preview of Starlight Express, Crawford happened to run into the show's creator, Andrew Lloyd Webber. … Read More
1986 44 Years Old Many critics were skeptical; Crawford was still largely pigeonholed as the hapless Frank Spencer, and questions were raised if Crawford could manage such a demanding role, both vocally and dramatically. In 1986, Crawford began his performance in London, continuing on to Broadway in 1988, and then Los Angeles in 1989. … Read More
1988 46 Years Old Crawford was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1988 and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2014 New Year Honours for charitable and philanthropic services, particularly to children's charities.
1989 47 Years Old During the run of Phantom in Los Angeles, Crawford was asked to perform "The Music of the Night" at the Inaugural Gala for President George H. W. Bush in Washington, D.C., on 19 January 1989. … Read More
1991 49 Years Old On 29 April 1991, three and a half years and over 1,300 performances into The Phantom of the Opera later, Crawford left the company. … Read More


1993 51 Years Old The film was released in cinemas over the summer of 1993. 1993 also saw the release of his special, A Touch of Music In The Night, to coincide with the release of his new album of the same name.
1995 53 Years Old In 1995, Crawford created the high-profile starring role in EFX, the US$70 million production which officially opened MGM's 1,700-seat Grand Theatre in Las Vegas. … Read More


2004 - 2006 2 More Events
2010 68 Years Old On 23 October 2010, Crawford attended the celebratory 10,000th performance of The Phantom of the Opera in London alongside composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. … Read More
Beginning with previews in February 2011, Crawford originated the part of the Wizard in the new Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical version of The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium, which had its official opening on 1 March 2011.
2016 74 Years Old In February 2016 the BBC announced that Crawford and Dotrice would be reprising their roles in a one-off special of Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, to be broadcast as part of the Sport Relief charity fundraiser event. … Read More
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