75 (passed away Apr. 19th, 1992)
Mar. 6th, 1917
York, England, UK
6' 0 1/2"
Frankie Howerd's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1978 - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
1971 - Up Pompeii
1970 - Carry On Up The Jungle
1967 - Carry On Doctor
1966 - The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery
1965 - Help!
1956 - The Ladykillers
Guest TV Roles
Francis Alick Howerd, who grew up to become popular British comedian Frankie Howerd, was born in 1917 and first set foot on stage at age 4. A Sunday school teacher as a teen, his father, who died in 1934, had been an Army man for most of his life. Not long after Frankie was invited to audition for RADA. His audition was poor and from then on he knew his calling was not as an actor, but as a comedian. At 19 he put together revues for music halls that included monologues, impressions, jokes and comic songs. This was not easy since he suffered from major stage fright, a life-long debilitation. Following war service, Frankie refocused on his career with radio and theatre appearances. In the 1950s he finally earned his own TV variety shows, but his burgeoning reputation coupled with a lack of self-confidence led the painfully shy man to suffer severe emotional conflicts with this newlyfound success. This would culminate into a severe nervous breakdown in the early 1960s. Prone to deep depression and melancholia, Frankie somehow managed to regroup and earned high praise for both his musical comedy performance in the London production of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" (in the Zero Mostel role) and his work on the popular satire series "That Was the Week That Was" (1962). Though never a strong film performer, he managed to find work in such films as The Ladykillers (1955), Further Up the Creek (1958), The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery (1966), some 'Carry On' appearances, and the lead role in The House in Nightmare Park (1973). Frankie was awarded the OBE in 1977. In that same year his autobiography was published, "On My Way I Lost It." In early April of 1992, he went to the hospital with respiratory problems and died of heart failure on April 19th. He was buried at St. Gregory's Church in Weare, Somerset.
- Dennis Heymer died on 15 May 2009.
- Died during the same weekend as fellow comedian 'Benny Hill' (qv).
- His manager and partner was 'Dennis Heymer' (qv). They first met in 1955 and stayed together until Frankie's death.
- Died just before he was to begin filming his third "Carry On..." movie, _Carry on Columbus (1992)_ (qv).
- His famous stammering and hesitation bits actually stemmed from a severe, longstanding case of stage fright.
- The relationship between Frankie Howerd and Dennis Heymer was featured in a BBC drama _Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me (2008) (TV)_ (qv).
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