Sid James

Born May 8, 1913

Sid James was an English-based South African actor and comedian. He made his name as Tony Hancock's co-star in Hancock's Half Hour and also starred in the popular Carry On films. He was known for his trademark "dirty laugh" and lascivious persona. Bruce Forsyth described him as "a natural at being natural."… Read More

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1913 Birth James was born Solomon Joel Cohen, on 8 May 1913, to Jewish parents, in South Africa, later changing his name to Sidney Joel Cohen, and then Sidney James. … Read More


1936 23 Years Old It was at a hairdressing salon in Kroonstad, Orange Free State, that he met his first wife. He married Berthe Sadie Delmont, known as Toots, on 12 August 1936 and they had a daughter, Elizabeth, born in 1937. … Read More
1940 27 Years Old James married three times. He and his first wife divorced in 1940, mainly as a result of his many relationships with other women; it was a pattern which continued throughout his life.


1943 30 Years Old In 1943, he married a dancer, Meg Sergei, née Williams (born 1913). … Read More
1952 39 Years Old On 21 August 1952, James married Valerie Elizabeth Patsy Assan (born 1928), an actress who used Ashton as her stage name. … Read More


1953 40 Years Old …  In 1953 he appeared as Harry Hawkins in The Titfield Thunderbolt. … Read More
1954 41 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1954, he had begun working with Tony Hancock in his BBC Radio series Hancock's Half Hour. … Read More
1960 47 Years Old Feeling the format had become exhausted, Hancock decided to end his professional relationship with James at the end of the sixth television series in 1960. … Read More


1967 54 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1967, James was intending to play Sergeant Nocker in Follow That Camel, but was already committed to recording the TV series George and the Dragon (1966–68) for ATV, then one of the ITV contractors. … Read More
1971 58 Years Old …  He starred alongside Diana Coupland in the 1970s sitcom Bless This House which aired from 1971 until James died in 1976. … Read More
1972 59 Years Old Meanwhile, his success in TV situation comedy continued with the series Two in Clover (1969–70), and Bless This House (1971-76) as Sid Abbott, a successful enough series in its day to spawn its own film version in 1972.


1976 63 Years Old 1 More Event
On 26 April 1976, while on a revival tour of The Mating Season, a 1969 farce by the Irish playwright Sam Cree, James suffered a heart attack on stage at the Sunderland Empire Theatre. … Read More
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