Benny Hill

Benny Hill


1/21/1924, Southampton, Hampshire, England



Birth Name

Alfred Hawthorn Hill


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He was born Alfred Hawthorn Hill in 1924. It was his grandfather who introduced him to Burlesque shows and the theatre from where the young Benny Hill was to draw much of his comic inspiration. After this national service with the army during WWII, Benny arrived in London,…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • "Yakety Sax" was usually referred to as the Benny Hill theme song.

    • He attended Taunton School in Somerset, England.

    • Reserve salute called The Benny Hill Salute was his trademark.

    • Benny appeared in the music video "Anything She Does" by Genesis.

    • Benny hosted The Crazy World Of Benny Hill and Video Spotlight.

    • Benny starred in the 60`s film The Italian Job.

    • In 1972, Benny was nominated for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Light Entertainment Performance for The Benny Hill Show. Instead, he won the award for Best Script.
      In 1980 and 1981, Benny was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program, for The Benny Hill Show.

    • Benny recorded several hit singles in the 1960s, including "Gather in the Mushrooms" and "Ernie the Fastest Milkman in the West".

    • Benny was born on the same day as Telly Savalas, whose Kojak character he impersonated on his 1969-1989 Thames TV show.

    • Benny's father and uncle were circus clowns, performing in the circus until they both left for military service during WWI.

    • When Benny passed away in April 1992, his estate was worth an estimated £10 million. The only will Hill created left his estate to his parents who both died years ago. Next in line were his brother and sister, neither of whom he had a close relationship with, but like his parents are also dead. As a result, Hill's estate was divided among his seven nieces and nephews.

    • After complaints that his television comedy sketches were too sexual, Benny began casting children to appear on his shows. But instead of hiring professional child actors, he hired the children of the television crew, stating that their laughing to his sight gags were genuine.

    • Despite Benny's wealth and success, he never owned a car, did his own shopping, lived in a two room apartment, but never used the second floor. According to one of his obituaries, he once refused to repair the leaky roof in his mother's home because it was "too expensive."

    • At the time of Benny's death, a large box was found in his apartment. The many awards and honors he had earned throughout his career had been placed in the box as if they were unimportant to him.

    • Benny's nickname was "King Leer."

    • Benny was 5' 10½" (1.79 m) tall.

    • Benny was related to Austalian soap star/singer Holly Valance. She was his cousin's granddaughter.

  • Quotes

    • Benny Hill: We have a little bit of everything. We have entertainment in the bar, a pool room and kids menus, we have a comedy club that has been going on for years and we always do something special with that on New Year's Eve.

    • Benny Hill: I have a wild bunch of coconuts!

    • Benny Hill: I thought I couldn't afford to take her out and smoke as well. So I gave up cigarettes. Then I took her out and one day I looked at her and thought: "Oh well," and I went back to smoking again, and that was better.

    • Benny Hill: Do unto others, then run.

    • Benny Hill: Those hot pants of hers were so damned tight, I could hardly breathe.

    • Benny Hill: The odds against there being a bomb on a plane are a million to one, and against two bombs a million times a million to one. Next time you fly, cut the odds and take a bomb.

    • Benny Hill: I'm not against half naked girls - not as often as I'd like to be.

    • Benny Hill: Girls are like pianos. When they're not upright, they're grand.

    • Benny Hill: Roses are reddish, violets are bluish, if it weren't for Christmas, we'd all be Jewish.

    • Benny Hill: Just because nobody complains doesn't mean all parachutes are perfect.