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Harry Secombe

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Alan Patient of www.plaquesoflondon.co.uk

Harry Secombe

Person  Male  Born 8/9/1921  Died 11/4/2001

Categories: Cinema, Music / songs, Theatre, TV & Radio

Countries: Africa, Wales

Actor, comedian and singer. Born Harry Donald Secombe in St Thomas, Swansea where he grew up. In World War II, he served in the Royal Artillery, and whilst in North Africa he first met Spike Milligan. After the war, he joined the cast of the Windmill Theatre, where he met Michael Bentine and Peter Sellers. The Goon Show was the result of these meetings and Secombe played Neddie Seagoon until the show ended in 1972. He appeared in several films, including 'Oliver!' in which he played Mr Bumble the Beadle, and on stage, he created the title role in the musical 'Pickwick'.
He had his own television show for several years, and was a presenter of the religious programmes, 'Songs of Praise' and 'Stars on Sunday'. When Milligan heard of Secombe's death, he jokingly said that he was glad he had died first because he didn't want him singing at his funeral. Secombe however had the last laugh, as one of his recordings was played at Spike's memorial service. 

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Last Goon Show

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