Michael Crawford

Actor, singer, philanthropist Michael Crawford

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.
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Crossing Over To The Dark Side
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Fifty years have passed since a double bill by Peter Shaffer opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on February 12, 1967. Directed by John Dexter (with a cast that featured Michael Crawford and Lynn Redgrave in their Broadway debuts), Black Comedy/White Lies turned out to be an audience pleaser that ran for 337 performances. Black Comedy was a droll farce that began in a young man's apartment at 9:30 on a Sunday night. Although people on both sides of the footlights were in complete darkness as the play began, the confused audience could hear the voices of Shaffer's characters carrying on a conventional conversation at a cocktail party. Once the apartment's electricity suffered a short circuit, the lights came up onstage and (as if by magic) the audience could see everything that was happening while the cast had to pretend that their characters were stumbling around in the dark. Thanks to Shaffer's gimmicky approach to what happens during an electrical blackout, much hilarity ensued....
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Michael Crawford, Wiseacre With a Pen, Dies at 70
NYTimes - over 1 year
Mr. Crawford was a student of habits, trends and human interaction, most of which he exploited for gentle ridicule or defiant amusement.
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Man gets 18 months' probation in Arizona bestiality case
Yahoo News - about 2 years
(Editor's note: Please be advised that this story contains content that some readers may find disturbing) By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania man who traveled to Arizona to have sex with a horse before being nabbed by undercover police was sentenced on Thursday to 18 months of supervised probation, court officials said. Michael Crawford, 69, pleaded guilty in November to one count of conspiracy to commit bestiality under a deal with prosecutors after his arrest by sheriff's detectives at a horse trailer in Tolleson, 12 miles (19.3 km) west of downtown Phoenix. Crawford was arrested last July in an undercover sting operation that began when a deputy responded to his online advertisement that detailed his sexual intentions.
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Sexual assault suspect arrested in Halifax County
Yahoo News - about 2 years
The sheriff's office arrested 39-year-old Michael Crawford on Friday.
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Michelangelo Signorile: And Now It's Time to Rebrand ENDA: The Freedom to Work Act
The Huffington Post - over 4 years
The marriage equality movement has been a success for a lot of reasons. One of them, no doubt, is branding and framing. And it's time to learn from that and apply it to other battles, like the battle against employment discrimination, which has been a dismal failure. For almost two decades we've tried but failed to get federal workplace protections. If we truly believe that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people should be free from fear of being fired at any moment or turned away from a job simply because of who they are, then we've got to, right now, get rid of the 20-year-old, dull and wretched terminology for the federal law we're trying to pass and replace it with something vibrant and real, something that captivates and connects with the lives of every American. It's time for a rebranding. The president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Chad Griffin, following on the success of the "freedom to marry" movement that he helped advance rapidly, should get to wor...
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Who's At Margaret Thatcher's Funeral
Popeater - almost 5 years
LONDON — More than 2,300 guests attended the funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at St. Paul's Cathedral on Wednesday. In all, 11 serving prime ministers and dignitaries representing 170 countries accepted invitations to the solemn event, Downing Street said. Here's a look at some of the prominent figures on the guest list: ROYALS Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip Greece's Crown Prince Pavlos and Princess Marie-Chantal of the Hellenes WORLD DIGNITARIES AND PUBLIC FIGURES Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron Former U.K. Prime Ministers Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and John Major German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu F.W. de Klerk, the last apartheid-era South African president U.S. presidential delegation, led by former secretaries of state George Schultz and James Ba...
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Nigel Hamilton: The Irony of Margaret Thatcher
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Did I imagine it? I've trawled the Internet, and can find no mention of a visit she paid to the Imperial War Museum, where she gave a spellbinding talk about the Falkland Islands War. She described to us how she first heard the news that the Argentines had invaded the islands with thousands of troops -- and her reaction. She reacted very much as a trained soldier might do. She wanted to know the facts, the estimates, and the brief opinions of her advisers. Then she made her decision -- that she would go to war. There was no mention, as far as I can recall, of the political or public consequences, in the short term or the long term. There was only a modest gathering of invited guests at the IWM, and afterwards the Director, Michael Crawford, introduced me to the former Prime Minister. I told her I had written the official biography of Field Marshal Montgomery, the World War II commander, and that he would have been fascinated to hear her account. I was about to say that ...
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Two Freddy Award winners to be in PBS' "Broadway or Bust"
The Morning Call - Blogs - over 5 years
The two Freddy Award winners who competed in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, know as the Jimmy Awards, will be featured with the 58 other competitors in a new three-hour PBS documentary series. Hannah Arnold of Bethlehem and Matt Gurniak of Fogelsville, will be among the students portrayed in "Broadway or Bust"  airing at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 and 23.  Arnold, who played Millie Dillmount in Freedom High School’s “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and Gurniak, who portrayed The Cat In The Hat in Allentown Central Catholic's production of “Seussical,” won for best actress and actor in the Freddy Awards at the State Theatre in Easton in May making them eligible to compete among 60 students from 30 high school theater awards programs across the country. The students, all best actor and best actress winners at their local competitions, competed in June at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre in New York City to be named best high school actor and actress in the country. While...
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Omega-3 may help struggling children to read, says study
Guardian (UK) - over 5 years
Study into notion that fatty acids can boost brain function criticised over concerns about funding sources Children with the worst reading skills could improve their literacy with daily supplements of fatty acids found in fish, seafood and some algae, researchers claim. Scientists gave a daily 600mg omega-3 fatty acid pill to children aged seven to nine and found that those whose reading skills were in the lowest fifth of the normal range improved over the four months of the study. On average, the children in the bottom 20% for literacy boosted their reading age by three weeks more than a control group taking a daily placebo. Those in the lowest 10% for literacy improved their reading age by 1.9 months compared with the placebo group. The idea that omega-3 supplements can improve brain function in some children is controversial, and the latest study, from researchers at Oxford University, has already drawn criticism. The study was funded by a company called DSM Nutritional Lipids...
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Police Report: Sun Valley Assistant Police Chief Hit Parked Car 3 Times Before DUI Arrest
Boise Weekly - over 5 years
The DUI arraignment of Sun Valley Assistant Police Chief Michael Crawford has been pushed back. Originally slated for Aug. 27, Crawford will now need to appear in Blaine County Magistrate Court on Tuesday, Sept. 11.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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ABOUT TOWN: Weekend Roundup - Doin’ It For Diane and 5 School 5K Events
Stoughton Patch - almost 6 years
DOIN' IT FOR DIANE A HUGE SUCCESS!  Details will be forthcoming, but it appears that the 7th Annual Doin' It for Diane food pantry fundraiser has topped all their previous events. The most recent one, held on Friday, April 27 at the Portuguese National Club, attracted a smaller crowd than some of the previous events (about 100 people), but sponsorships increased, and those attending opened their hearts and wallets to those less fortunate. More than $20,000 was generated for Stoughton's two food pantries! There was an amazing array of delicious desserts from Bob's Foodmart, Catering by Linda, Costco, Courtyard by Marriott, Dunkin' Donuts, IKEA, Ivy's Fine Cakes, Lee Policow, New England Sinai Hospital, Panera Bread, the Portuguese National Club, Shaw’s Supermarket, Stop & Shop in Marshfield & Stoughton, Stoughton Bakery, Target, Texas Roadhouse, TGI Fridays, The Chateau Restaurant, and X & O Restaurant. There was a frenzied live auction, featuring Red Sox ticket...
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Myra Chanin: Raconteur and Barry Manilow Lyricist Marty Panzer Offers Weird Proof That a Wonderful Life Can Begin at 18
Huffington Post - almost 6 years
Google Marty Panzer and you'll be convinced that he was born in the CBS Mailroom at the age of 18, and he may well may have been, in the sense that the CBS Mailroom was where he began to first feel alive. Up 'til then Marty had no identity, felt that he had no talents, no direction, no ambition, and had no idea what he was going to do with his life. A family friend told Marty to get a job in the CBS Mailroom and that he would find his path in life there. And he did. There isn't much info about his life before that on the Internet so I asked about it and he told me. Marty has a much older brother who was married by the time Marty was six, which is when his mother became a widow. "It was just Mom and I in Williamsburg." He truly loved his mother, who "gave me nothing but love and affection," and credits her with making him a loving, positive, optimistic person. He wrote his first hit about her -- I am Your Child -- a song which was adopted by Rob Reiner to help build his ...
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Michael Crawford loves life in NZ
BigPond News - almost 6 years
<a class="fplink fp-194247" href="/Michael+Crawford+1">Michael Crawford</a>, most famous for his role in the musical Phantom of the Opera, is enjoying life in NZ.
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Flashes Welcome 18 Members to 2011-12 Squad - Kent State University Athletics
Google News - over 6 years
Michael Crawford (Butler, Pa.), Tyler Buckwalter (Mill Hall, Pa.) Mike Vollant (Erie, Pa.) were among the later commitments. Six of the out-of-state wrestlers carried grade point averages of 3.5 or better in high school. “Josh Moore has brought in a
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ESC: Antidote to Factor Xa Inhibitors Shows Promise - MedPage Today
Google News - over 6 years
&quot;This is an important drug,&quot; said session moderator Michael Crawford, MD, of the University of California, San Francisco. &quot;It is important that development of this drug continue,&quot; added co-moderator Josef Kautzner, MD, of the Institute of Clinical and
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michael Crawford
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 74
    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.
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  • 2011
    Age 69
    On 2 October 2011, Crawford made a special appearance during the finale of The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall — a fully staged production of the musical at the famous London venue — marking 25 years since the show received its world premiere.
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    He stated on This Morning: Sunday, on 14 August 2011, that he had signed on for a further six months in the show.
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    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.
  • 2010
    Age 68
    On 23 October 2010, Crawford attended the celebratory 10,000th performance of The Phantom of the Opera in London alongside composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.
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  • 2006
    Age 64
    In 2006, Crawford attended the Gala Performance of the stage version of The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre to celebrate the show's becoming the longest-running musical in Broadway history (surpassing the run of Cats).
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  • 2004
    Age 62
    He originated the role of the morbidly obese Count Fosco in Lloyd Webber's The Woman in White, which opened at the Palace Theatre, London in September 2004.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1995
    Age 53
    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.
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  • 1993
    Age 51
    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.
  • FORTIES
  • 1991
    Age 49
    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.
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  • 1989
    Age 47
    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.
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  • 1988
    Age 46
    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.
  • 1986
    Age 44
    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.
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  • 1984
    Age 42
    In 1984, at the final preview of Starlight Express, Crawford happened to run into the show's creator, Andrew Lloyd Webber.
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  • 1983
    Age 41
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1981
    Age 39
    Also in 1981, Crawford starred in the original London production of Cy Coleman's Barnum (1981) as the illustrious American showman P.T. Barnum.
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    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.
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  • 1975
    Age 33
    During this difficult time, his marriage fell apart and divorce followed in 1975.
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  • 1974
    Age 32
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1967
    Age 25
    In 1967, he made his Broadway début in Peter Shaffer's Black Comedy with Lynn Redgrave (making her début as well) in which he demonstrated his aptitude and daring for extreme physical comedy, such as walking into walls and falling down staircases.
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    Crawford starred in The Jokers (directed by Michael Winner) with Oliver Reed in 1967.
  • 1965
    Age 23
    He met and married actress Gabrielle Lewis in Paris in 1965.
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  • 1963
    Age 21
    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1958
    Age 16
    He made his film debut in 1958 with leading roles in two children's films, Blow Your Own Trumpet and Soapbox Derby, for The Children's Film Foundation in Britain.
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    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.
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  • 1955
    Age 13
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1942
    Age 0
    Born on January 19, 1942.
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