Eric Morecambe

Eric Morecambe


5/14/1926, Morecambe, Lancashire, England



Birth Name

John Eric Bartholomew


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Eric was born in the town which he would later use as his stage name: Morecambe in Lancashire, England.

He was an only child and his parents, Sadie and George Bartholomew, were really eager for him to be successful in life. His mother even took a waitress…more

Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Eric Morecambe was voted "funniest person of the last century" by gaining 26% of the overall votes.

    • In 1977, the University of Lancaster awarded Eric an Honourary Degree. It was presented to him Princess Alexandra.

    • When former UK Prime Minister Harold Wilson appeared on the Morecambe & Wise Show, he referred to Eric as 'Mor-e-cam-by' because it was a running joke in their shows to get the names of their guests wrong.

    • After Ed Sullivan saw them on stage at the London Palladium, Eric and his partner Ernie, Morecambe & Wise as they were known, appeared numerous times on the Ed Sullivan Show.

    • In 1999, the Queen unveiled a statue of Eric in the town of Morecambe. It was created by Graham Ibbesson and shows Eric in one of his classic poses. Because he was an avid birdwatcher, the statue includes a pair of binoculars around his neck.

    • Between 1977 and 1979, Eric was the president of the Lord's Taverners, a charity and club based at The Old Tavern pub at Lord's, the foremost Britsh cricket grounds.

    • Eric was awarded an OBE in 1976.

    • Morecambe was one of five comedians pictured on a set of UK postage stamps issued 23 April 1998. His caricatured likeness was on the 26p stamp. The other comedians honoured were Tommy Cooper (20p), Joyce Grenfell (37p), Les Dawson (43p) and Peter Cook (63p).

  • Quotes

    • Eric: It ran wild all right. Mind you, although we blushed every time we read the critics' columns, many viewers wrote to say they liked the shows.

    • Eric: My neighbour asked if he could use my lawnmower and I told him of course he could, so long as he didn't take it out of my garden.

    • Eric: My ambition is to become a comedian. My hero is George Formby, another native of Lancashire. I would certainly like to follow in his footsteps.

    • Eric: I think football would become an even better game if someone could invent a ball that kicks back.

    • Eric: I am playing all the right notes... but not necessarily in the right order.