Norman Wisdom was born in the London Borough of Marylebone on 4th February 1915. His father, Frederick was a chauffeur and his mother Maud was a dressmaker who sometimes worked for the London West End theatres. However, sadly for the young Norman, his father was more often than…more
Between 1955 and 1966, Norman Wisdom's films beat Sean Connery's James Bond to become Britain's biggest box office draw.
Charlie Chaplin called Sir Norman his favourite clown.
Sir Norman Wisdom played a big part in the Tony Hawks book One Hit Wonderland. Tony and Norman had a top twenty hit in Albania in 2002 with a song called Big in Albania written by Hawks and Oscar-winning lyricist Sir Tim Rice.
After a charity concert at the end of WW2 at the Cheltenham Town Hall, actor Rex Harrison came backstage and urged him to turn professional.
Sir Norman: My comedy is for children from three to 93. You do need a slightly childish sense of humour and if you haven't got that, it's very sad.
Norman: You see I'm semi-retired now and don't work all the time, only most of it!
Norman: Yes, I had a tough childhood.
Norman: Well if I was going to describe my audience, it's going to take longer than you'd ever expect, hundreds of years in fact, because there's many of them, all over the world.
Norman: There are people who like just ordinary comedy fun, and making mistakes - which I do easily - and then there are people who like the falling over.
Norman: That would be a gentleman called Billy Marsh, who sadly is no longer with us, but he was the agent who chose me.
Norman: Of course I've done musicals here in London.
Norman: In fact, one was so booked out we went from March and were to go till November, but the pantomime was booked so they transferred the show to the Prince of Wales Theatre because it was so packed out, and it ran on from there.
Norman: If anybody hasn't got a sense of humour, a slightly childish sense of humour, they can't be very happy in mine.
Norman: I've got one idea I want to do for a film and you know I just enjoy myself doing bits and pieces.
Norman: I've done seven shows at the Palladium - long running shows I'm talking about.
Norman: I've been extremely lucky having been in the army when I was a boy of fourteen.
Norman: I've an idea for doing a Situation Comedy myself but its always difficult to get people to listen to you because they like to put their own ideas forward.
Norman: I'd like to do a Situation Comedy.
Norman: I was in the band as a boy and was taught music and learned to compose.
Norman: I was born in very sorry circumstances.
Norman: I was born in London, and went to school in Scotland - I used to be dead tired when I got home at night.
Norman: I remember going to lunch with Innes Lloyd, who was the one who had approached Billy about me playing the part, and Stephen Frears.
Norman: I play drums, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, piano.
Norman: I owe everything to the army.
Norman: I have a new album out now.
Norman: I do play drums when I'm on tour.
Norman: But no, I've just been very lucky. But I've worked hard, and the harder you work, the luckier you seem to get.