Frankie Howerd

Frankie Howerd


3/6/1917, York, England



Birth Name

Francis Alick Howerd


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Frankie Howerd's career spans fifty years and takes in many facets- radio, stage, television and film. His cheekily risque act, full of hesitations and stammers, endeared him to many and he became something of a cult figure to students in his later years. His early ambitions to be…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Despite seeming often uncomfortable with his sexuality- at one point confessing he wished he weren't gay- Frankie was often very bold in his advances towards men he found attractive and was known to be promiscuous.

    • Frankie made two appearances on the Radio 4 programme Desert Island Discs: the first in September 1959 and the second in January 1982.

    • In 1957, Frankie took the role of Bottom in an Old Vic production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

    • Frankie contributed to a CD called Freudiana, released in 1990. He took lead vocals on a song called 'Sects Therapy'.

    • In 1991, Frankie was awarded the Silver Heart award by the Variety Club to celebrate forty-five years in the entertainment business.

    • Toward the end of his life, Frankie moved to the village of Cross in Somerset to a house called Wavering Down. His partner, Dennis Haymer, still lives in the house and opens it during the summer as a museum of Frankie's collection of memorabilia.

    • David Benson has written a one-man show about the life of Frankie Howerd called To Be Frank.

    • For Carry On Doctor (1968), Frankie received a wage of seven thousand five hundred pounds. For Carry On Up The Jungle (1970), he received nine thousand pounds.

    • In 2005, Frankie's OBE medal was raffled off to raise money for various charities.

    • Frankie met his long-term partner, Dennis Haymer, in 1955. The couple were together until Frankie's death.

    • Frankie played Sir Joseph Porter KCB in a 1982 television adaptation of the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta H.M.S. Pinafore.

    • Frankie will be portrayed by Little Britain actor David Walliams in a BBC television biography entitled Rather You Than Me.

    • Despite a perceived longstanding connection to the Carry On film franchise, Frankie only appeared in two Carry On films: Carry On Doctor (1967) and Carry On Up The Jungle (1970) and appeared in the Christmas special Carry On Christmas in 1969.

    • Frankie's grave is located at St. Gregory's Church in Weare, Somerset.

    • Frankie was awarded the OBE (Officer of the British Empire) in 1977 for his services to the entertainment industry.

    • In 1990, Frankie addressed the Oxford Student Union. The routine was recorded and broadcast under the title Frankie Howerd On Campus.

    • Frankie died the day before fellow comedian Benny Hill.

    • Frankie published his autobiography in 1976 entitled On The Way, I Lost It.

    • Howerd was a homosexual.

    • He was 6' 0½" tall.

  • Quotes

    • Frankie Howerd: (On working with the Carry On team) It's good to be part of a team, it tends to stop you becoming self-centred!