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Ernie Wise

Ernie Wise


11/27/1925, Leeds, Yorkshire, England



Birth Name

Ernest Wiseman


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Born Ernest Wiseman in 1925 he joined his pal Eric Morecambe to become one of the most popular duos of the 20th century. They began their career behind the camera, on the radio, but later moved into television. They worked for all the major British channels and after…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • During World War I, Ernie won a bravery medal for saving a sergeant's life.

    • Ernie was a regular panellist on the British version of What's My Line.

    • Ernie was chosen to pick out the first ever ball for the Premium Bond scheme using the automated machine. The machine was called the "Electronic Random Number Indicator Equipment" or ERNIE, which explains why he was chosen.

    • Ernie wrote two books entitled Eric and Ernie and Still on my Way to Hollywood.

    • Ernie won a Bafta TV Award four years running between 1970 and 1974. He won one for 'Best Light Entertainment Personality' and three for 'Best Light Entertainment Performance'.

    • Ernie was once shoved into a rubbish bin in an ad for 'Keep Britian Tidy'.

    • Ernie's home in the UK was along the River Thames in Maidenhead where he lived a life of luxury. He also owned a holiday home in Boca Raton in Florida, USA.

    • Ernie was once described as a 'thirteen-year-old Max Miller' after appearing on stage with Arthur Askey.

    • After the double act split, Ernie appeared in Dickens' unfinished The Mystery Of Edwin Drood.

    • Ernie joined the Merchant Navy in 1943 due to the Second World War.

    • When Ernie and Eric's double act was ended, he went back home to work in a razor blade factory but this didn't last long.

    • Ernie made his West End debut in January 1939 in a show called Bandwagon.

    • Ernie was the best man at Eric Morecambe's wedding and repaid the favour by asking him to be best man at his wedding a few weeks later.

    • Ernie appeared with his dad as 'Bert Carson and his Little Wonder' as singers.

    • Ernie was the first-ever person to make a mobile phone call in the UK which was on a Vodaphone handset.

  • Quotes

    • Ernie: (on his double act with Morecambe) I am not the stooge; a stooge does not say anything, just stands there with his face painted. I was the song and dance man.

    • Ernie: I bumped into Eric, and we decided to try our luck again. Before the road show ended, we had re-established our act.

    • Ernie: Things really began to move for us. In 1953 I could afford to marry Doreen!