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Michael Crawford

Biography

He won acclaim for portraying the name character within the Phantom from the Opera. Like a stage acting professional, he performed Charlie Gordon in Plants for Algernon as well as the Wizard within the Wizard of Oz. He sang in his preparatory school’s choir. He performed the part of Frank Spencer in a few Mothers Perform ‘Ave ‘Em, a English sitcom from your ’70s. He wedded celebrity Gabrielle Lewis in Paris in 1965. He offers two daughters called Emma and Lucy. He became well-known for earning the Olivier and Tony for Greatest Overall performance by an Acting professional inside a Musical for his part within the Phantom from the Opera, that was predicated on Gaston Leroux’s book.

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Full Name Michael Crawford
Date Of Birth January 19, 1942
Place Of Birth Salisbury, England
Height 1.79 m
Profession Movie Actor
Nationality British, English
Spouse Gabrielle Lewis
Children Lucy Crawford, Emma Crawford
Parents Doris Dumbell-Smith
Awards Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles, British Academy Television Award for Best Actor, British Academy Television Award for Best Entertainment Performance, Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance - Variety Or Music Program
Movies Hello, Dolly!, Condorman, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Knack …and How to Get It, Once Upon a Forest, The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall, The War Lover, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Jokers, Two Living, One Dead, The Games, A French Mistress, Hello-Goodbye, Soapbox Derby, Two Left Feet, Barnum, The Scrapper
TV Shows Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, Sir Francis Drake, Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School, Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life
Star Sign Capricorn

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#Fact
1He was awarded the 1989 Drama-Logue Award for Performance for "The Phantom of the Opera," at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
2He was awarded the 1989 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Distinguished Achievement, Lead Performance, "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
3The role of Frank Spencer in 'Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em' was first offered to Norman Wisdom who had to turn it down due to other commitments.
4When he did No Sex Please, We're British he was on 12% of the box-office; he did the show for a year.
5He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2014 Queen's New Year Honours List for charitable and philanthropic services, particularly to children's charities.
6Doing a limited concert tour of Australia and New Zealand. [March 2006]
7For one-night-only, he will attend a special Gala performance of "The Phantom of the Opera" to celebrate it becoming the longest running Broadway show in history. [January 2006]
8As of a few months ago, began playing the role of "Count Fosco" in Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical, "The Woman In White". It's playing now at the Palace Theatre in London, but is due on Broadway by October of 2005. [January 2005]
9He is about to do a limited Concert tour in a few selected cities in a few states. [May 2005]
10Is currently on hiatus from his new show, Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Woman in White", due to a severe case of the flu but he will return to the role in April. [February 2005]
11When Andrew Lloyd Webber approached him about starring in "The Phantom of the Opera", he made the assumption that Webber wanted him to play Raoul, and spent a year studying Nelson Eddy's performance in Phantom of the Opera (1943). It wasn't until he was at his audition that he learned Steve Barton had been cast as Raoul the week before and Webber wanted him to play the Phantom.
12Because he was best-known as the bumbling Frank Spencer at the time, critics were skeptical that he could manage playing the Phantom, both musically and dramatically.
13Variety Club of Great Britain Most Promising Artist for 1965 for his performances in Byron (television), The Knack..and How to Get It (film) and Travelling Light (stage).
14While Michael was singing the song "Please Wake Up" for the film "Once Upon a Forest," he tried really hard not to cry while he was singing because he thought the song, which revolved around his character Cornealius singing to his granddaughter Michelle who is dying, to be very sad.
15His father, contrary to some reports, is not Arthur Dumble-Smith. Dumble-Smith was an Royal Air Force pilot killed in WWII two years before Michael was born. Born out of wedlock, he was raised by his widowed mother, Doris, and her parents, and given his mother's first husband's surname.
16During the celebrations for the Queen Elizabeth II's silver jubilee in 1976, Michael toured the children's street parties near his home in Bedfordshire. The kids were delighted!.
17During his early career, he used to do heavy dramatic plays - such as Shakespeare, French tragedy, satire, and etc. One of his first dramatic roles was when he played the part of Henry the 8th on an early BBC Radio show, and later on performed in more than 100 radio broadcasts. He also was on the early "live" BBC soap operas playing motorcycle accident victims, bad guys, drug addicts and such.
18The first Disney film he ever saw Dumbo (1941). Years later, he performed his version of the famous lullaby from the film, "Baby Mine," on the DVD release.
19As Frank Spencer, in Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973), he did many stunts, some quite hazardous to the normal person, in portraying a certain scene or part. So much so did people associate him with this image that they literally thought he was as clumsy in real life as he was on the show. But in reality, although he admitted to a few comical episodes in real life in the past, he is in no way anywhere near as clumsy as his character Frank is.
20During the early 60s, long before he was known for the roles of the Phantom in "The Phantom of the Opera" and Frank Spencer in "Some Mother's Do 'Ave 'Em", he was best known in England for the Mod-style tough motorcycle riding, Byron in the BBC satirical series, "Not So Much A Programme, More a Way of Life".
21Once treated a little girl named Vanessa, who was suffering from the final stages of leukemia, to a very rare, private performance of "Barnum" (which he had been doing at the time) as a special treat for her, even having the theater remove some of the seats to make way for her nurses, hospital bed, and family to come and watch and Michael and the entire cast performed the show just for her. Vanessa, tragically, later died of the disease and even today, he still fondly remembers her.
22Known to work very hard for his charities involving health care for children and teens in life threatening situations. "The Sick Children's Trust", "The Lighthouse Foundation", "National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children", among others and enjoys meeting with the people in those charities.
23Is a fan of the old Hollywood style of films; ranging from the 1950s all the way back to the silent film era. Some of the performers he enjoys to watch on film are Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, Lana Turner, Harold Lloyd, Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy, Gene Kelly, James Stewart, Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Mary Pickford, and even Buster Keaton, with whom he worked in his first movie musical, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966) in 1965-6. Michael played the role of Hero, while Buster Keaton played the role of Erronious, which was Buster's last film role.
24He has performed in almost all mediums of entertainment, including Radio, Television, Recordings, Films, Theater, Musicals, and even Opera. He also has dabbled in writing.
25To prepare for the role of Phineas Taylor Barnum (or better known as [error]) in the London production of "Barnum," he took up studying circus training at the Big Apple Circus School in New York City. After further training in preparation for the second run of 'Barnum,' he was awarded a British Amateur Gymnastics Association badge and certificate as a qualified coach.
26Originally, in the role of the Phantom, he wore contact lenses (for a greater effect of the character) on stage - one dark blue and the other opaque. But the contact lenses severely diminished his vision to such an extent he had to be led around backstage by some of the crew and needed flashlights to be shown where to step and go. But during the New York run, Lucille Ball, who came to see the show, demanded for him to take them out or he'd ruin his eyesight, which he quickly did. Upon leaving, she replied, "And I don't want to hear that you've put them back on again, once I leave".
27He made his film debut at the tender age of 15 in the British children's film, "Soapbox Derby" for the Children's Film Foundation. He also did his very first stunt work in this film, diving off into the River Thames to rescue a boy from drowning. He later had to have his stomach pumped to get rid of the filthy water from the Thames.
28As a young boy Michael sold eggs from a stall on Brixton Market in London.
29As a singer, he practices for two hours a day warming up his voice and then another hour to sing normally.
30As a young boy, before turning to acting, he wanted to be either a pilot or a soccer player. But when he discovered making people laugh, he chose acting.
31His youngest daughter, Lucy (by Gabrielle Lewis), actually sang with her father on his record, "The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber", in the song "Other Pleasures/The First Man You Remember", and it was the last time they ever recorded something together.
32Is a consummate perfectionist, and is well known as such in the theater.
33He sang and performed dramatic opera as a young boy. He played Sammy the Sweepboy in "Let's Make an Opera" and then Benjamin Britten hired him to play Japeth in "Noye's Flood", based on the Biblical story of Noah's Flood in Genesis. When he returned to studying singing seriously, he took up singing operatic arias to get his voice in shape, especially for the role of the Phantom.
34When he took up singing seriously again (for the musical "Billy" in 1974) after having left singing to perform in films, he went to singing coach, Ian Adam (who also taught Sarah Brightman, Elaine Paige, Michael Ball, and Sean Connery). At the first meeting, Ian asked Michael to sing something. And when he sang "Danny Boy" Ian remarked that "he was standing underneath a portrait of John McCormack, that hangs in the singing room, and it brought back tremendous memories of how John McCormack sang". After he finished his piece, Ian said, "Well, now I have to tell you. There is a wee bit of work to be done on the top (of his voice), and a wee bit of work, down below. And a little bit in the middle, other than that you have a great voice". And Michael, in reply said, "I am terribly sorry for bothering you and I'll leave now.".
35He still sees Ian Adam for occasional singing lessons and it was at one such lesson where Sarah Brightman heard him sing and recommended him to Andrew Lloyd Webber for the role of the Phantom.
36Was cast for the role of Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly! (1969), by Gene Kelly after auditioning in a 1960s outfit of striped blue pants and a checkered shirt (after changing his clothes numerous times) with a bleeding (from shaving too many times) face and trying to tap dance. Kelly said, "What we are looking for (for Cornelius Hackl) is an attractive idiot. My wife thinks you're attractive, and I think you're an idiot".
37He used to be an avid smoker, till he quit in the 1970s for health reasons. He was an avid Guinness drinker but quit that early on, also for health reasons.
38Since his divorce from Gabrielle (his former wife), he has admitted to phoning her just to hear her voice. He and Gabrielle are now close friends.
39Loves to travel.
40In America, he is best known for the role of "Erik" the Phantom in "The Phantom of the Opera". But in the UK and Canada and Australia, he is best known for the role of Frank Spencer from Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973). Although he loved creating the characters and they are still very close to him at heart, he has moved onto other projects and roles.
41Has worked with rodents in two shows, "Flowers for Algernon" (he played Charlie Gurdon) and in the recent "The Woman in White" (as Count Fosco) and doesn't mind them at all.
42Enjoys a variety of music and different singers, ranging from Plácido Domingo to Robbie Williams.
43E! Channel nominated him one of the Most Sexiest Men in the World in 1995.
44Created the role of Count Fosco for Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Woman in White", in which he wore a fat suit and facial prosthetics that covered most of his face. He was so unrecognizable, people who knew him, when they saw the show or even backstage, didn't even know it was him, until he spoke.
45As the deformed phantom, in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" he earned 7 1/2% of the takings.
46As a child, he was a loner, due to girls rejecting him as he was not handsome enough and bullies from his schools making fun of him. So his first real acting began when, as a child, he invented characters and performed all the parts, to make up for being lonely.
47Early in his career, he performed in the Shakespearean play, Coriolanus in the role of the Second Citizen and Second Serving Man. Interestingly enough, Gerard Butler, who played the phantom in The Phantom of the Opera (2004), also performed in the same play as a young man in the same role.
48As a boy, he loved workshop, French class, gymnastics, sports, and music and drama class. He was also voted as a young boy, the class clown, to escape being bullied at school.
49Calls himself "Anglo-Irish", as he is part English, Irish, and Welsh.
50Made it to the Top 20 of the 100 Best Britons List.
51Won Broadway's 1988 Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical) for "Phantom of the Opera."
52He has performed in radio, television, film, recordings, theater, and opera. He has also dabbled in writing, dancing, and has tried directing . He also has won numerous awards apart from the Oscar. Among his many awards are the Tony, Olivier, BAFTA, Drama Desk and many others.
53Is a proud grandfather, but prefers to be known to them as "Papa".
54Performed most of his own stunts on the British sitcom Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973).
55He has won many awards over the years. Two Laurence Olivier Theatre Awards for his roles in "Barnum" (1981) and "The Phantom of the Opera" (1987). He also has won the coveted Tony Award in 1988 for "The Phantom of the Opera", Drama Desk Awards, a BAFTA, and numerous others for his achievements in entertainment.
56His mother, Doris Dumbell-Smith, died tragically when he was only 21 years old. He was closest to his Irish/Welsh grandmother, Edith Kathleen O'Keefe, who later died at 99.
57He has two daughters, Emma and Lucy by his ex-wife, Gabrielle Lewis. Lucy was married in the Fall of 1994 and Emma married Jeremy Bevan in November, 1994 in England, UK. He does have another child, with a former girlfriend, but he, the child, and her mother, and both families prefer to keep any history about that private.
58He is the President of "The Sick Children's Trust" since 1987
59Shared a Spanish villa with John Lennon while they were filming How I Won the War (1967).
60He was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1987 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to drama.
61He helped British ice dancers Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean learn various circus stunts for their free program at the 1983 World Championships, where they used music from the show. (Torvill and Dean won that year.)


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Undercover Grandpa2016completedScrawny Kid
Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em1973-2016TV SeriesFrank Spencer
The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall2011The Phantom - Original Company
Coronation Street1998TV SeriesBar Patron
Once Upon a Forest1993Cornelius (voice)
Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Premiere Collection Encore1992Video
Barnum!1986TV MoviePhineas Taylor Barnum
Condorman1981Woody Wilkins
Chalk and Cheese1979TV SeriesDave Finn
White Powder Christmas1978Video short
Play for Today1978TV SeriesFerdinand Vanek
CBS Children's Film Festival1978TV SeriesPeter Toms
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland1972White Rabbit
ITV Saturday Night Theatre1970TV SeriesConstable Gough
Hello-Goodbye1970Harry England
The Games1970Harry Hayes
Hello, Dolly!1969Cornelius Hackl
Theatre 6251968TV SeriesDanny
How I Won the War1967Lt. Goodbody
The Jokers1967Michael Tremayne
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum1966Hero
Armchair Theatre1960-1966TV SeriesEdward / Dermot Drage
ITV Play of the Week1958-1966TV SeriesTony / Anderson
BBC 31966TV Series
Two Left Feet1965Alan Crabbe
The Knack... and How to Get It1965Colin
Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life1965TV SeriesVarious Characters
A World of Comedy1965TV Mini-SeriesIntroduced by / X5 / Michael / ...
Suspense1963TV SeriesAlan Murray
The War Lover1962Junior' / Junior Sailen: Crew of 'The Body
Sir Francis Drake1961-1962TV SeriesJohn Drake
One Step Beyond1961TV SeriesTony Hudson
Two Living, One Dead1961Nils Lindwall
The Afterthought1961TV MovieLaurence
Fact and Fiction1960TV SeriesPierre Mercier
The Chequered Flag1960TV Series
Police Surgeon1960TV SeriesJim Clark
A French Mistress1960Kent
Emergency-Ward 101960TV SeriesEddie
Saturday Playhouse1960TV SeriesRead
Dixon of Dock Green1959-1960TV SeriesChris Kelly / Howard Garland
Probation Officer1959-1960TV SeriesJohn
Three Golden Nobles1959TV SeriesHarry
Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School1959TV SeriesFrank Nugent
William Tell1959TV SeriesYouth
The Common Room1959TV SeriesJock
Blow Your Own Trumpet1958Jim Fenn
Soapbox Derby1958Peter Toms
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre1952TV Series

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
WALL·E2008performer: "Put On Your Sunday Clothes", "It Only Takes a Moment"
Great Performances2001TV Series performer - 1 episode
Once Upon a Forest1993performer: "Please Wake Up"
The 45th Annual Tony Awards1991TV Special performer: "The Music of the Night"
The 42nd Annual Tony Awards1988TV Special performer: "The Phantom of the Opera", "The Music of the Night"
Top of the Pops1987TV Series performer - 1 episode
Barnum!1986TV Movie performer: "There is a Sucker Born Ev'ry Minute", "The Colours of My Life", "Museum Song", "I like Your Style", "Out There", "Come Follow The Band", "The Colours of My Life reprise , "The Prince of Humbug", "Join the Circus", "The Final Event - There is a Sucker Born Ev'ry Minute reprise"
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland1972Evidence Read At The Trail Of The Knave Of Hearts", performer: "The Duchess Is Waiting", "The Last Word Is Mine", "I've Never Been This Far Before", "They Told Me
Hello, Dolly!1969performer: "It Takes a Woman" 1964, "Put on Your Sunday Clothes" 1964, "Dancing" 1964, "Elegance" 1964, "It Only Takes a Moment" 1964, "Finale" Medley 1964 - uncredited
How I Won the War1967performer: "Auf Wiedersehn, Sweetheart" - uncredited
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum1966performer: "Lovely", "Comedy Tonight" reprise

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'EmTV Series 1 episode, 2016 stories - 6 episodes, 1978 stories by - 1 episode, 1978

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Broadway: The Next Generation2018Documentary filmingHimself
Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age2016Documentary post-productionHimself
Loose Women2016TV SeriesHimself
Hippodromes, Empires and Palaces: Tales from the Golden Age of Variety2015Video documentary shortHimself - Actor & Singer
NewsTalk Live2014TV SeriesHimself
The Many Faces of...2013TV Series documentaryHimself / Various Characters
Daybreak2011TV SeriesHimself
The One Show2011TV SeriesHimself
Breakfast2011TV SeriesHimself - Actor
100 Years of the London Palladium2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
50 Greatest Comedy Catchphrases2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
The World's Greatest Comedy Characters2007TV MovieHimself / Frank Spencer
Breakfast with the Arts2006-2007TV SeriesHimself
It Started with... Swap Shop2006TV MovieHimself
Broadway Beat2006TV SeriesHimself
The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments2004TV Special documentaryHimself
The Variety Club Showbusiness Awards 20042004TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Stage Performance
This Morning2004TV SeriesHimself
Great Performances2001-2003TV SeriesHimself
I Love Christmas2001TV Special documentaryHimself
Parkinson1976-2001TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Greats2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Dale's All Stars2000TV SeriesHimself
Millennium Chorus: The Greatest Story Ever Sung2000TV SpecialHimself
The Ghosts of Christmas Eve1999TV MovieHimself
The 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1998TV SeriesHimself
Michael Crawford in Concert1998TV MovieHimself
The Fantastic World of Michael Crawford1996TV Movie documentaryHimself Frank Spencer The Phantom
Touch of Music in the Night: Michael Crawford1994Video shortHimself
David Foster's Christmas Album1993TV SpecialHimself
Vicki!1993TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993TV SeriesHimself
The 47th Annual Tony Awards1993TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Musical
The Royal Variety Performance 19921992TV MovieHimself
One on One with John Tesh1991-1992TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1992TV SeriesHimself
The 45th Annual Tony Awards1991TV SpecialHimself - Performer
The 44th Annual Tony Awards1990TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Direction of a Musical & Best Leading Actress in a Musical
Gossip1990TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Bob Hope Lampoons Show Business1990TV SpecialHimself
I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing1989TV SeriesHimself
Presidential Inaugural Gala1989TV MovieHimself
Wogan1988TV SeriesHimself
The 42nd Annual Tony Awards1988TV SpecialHimself - Performer & Winner: Best Leading Actor in a Musical
Working in the Theatre1988TV Series documentaryHimself
America's Tribute to Bob Hope1988TV Movie documentaryHimself
Going Live!1987TV SeriesHimself
Clapper Board1981TV SeriesHimself
To Be Perfectly Frank1977TV Short documentaryHimself / Frank Spencer
The Royal Variety Performance1975TV MovieHimself
The Larry Grayson Hour of Stars1974TV MovieHimself - Guest
John Barry and His Music1972TV MovieHimself
Film Night1972TV SeriesHimself
Cinema1971TV Series documentaryHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1970TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The David Frost Show1969TV SeriesHimself
A Whole Scene Going1966TV SeriesHimself
The Eamonn Andrews Show1966TV SeriesHimself
Late Night Line-Up1965TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Britain's Best Loved Sitcoms2015TV Series documentaryFrank Spencer
Hello, Dolly! Directing Dolly: Gene Kelly Remembered2013Documentary short
Tales of Television Centre2012TV Movie documentaryFrank Spencer (uncredited)
The Story of Musicals2012TV Series documentaryHimself / Frank Spencer
The Naked Archaeologist2010TV Series documentaryHero
The Greatest Christmas Comedy Moments2008TV Movie documentaryFrank Spencer (uncredited)
How TV Changed Britain2008TV Series documentaryFrank Spencer
Banda sonora2008TV SeriesFrank Spencer
The Comedy Christmas2007TV Movie documentaryFrank Spencer (uncredited)
Comedy Connections2007TV Series documentaryFrank Spencer
Arena2005TV Series documentaryFrank Spencer
Greatest TV Comedy Moments2005TV Movie documentaryFrank Spencer (uncredited)
The Greatest2001TV Series documentaryFrank Spencer
Auntie's TV Favourites1997TV SeriesFrank Spencer
Top of the Pops1987TV SeriesHimself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1998Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performance in a Variety or Music ProgramMichael Crawford in Concert (1998)
1975BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Light Entertainment PerformanceSome Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973)
1974BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActorSome Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973)
1966BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsMost Promising Newcomer to Leading Film RolesThe Knack ...and How to Get It (1965)


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#Quote
1[on Frank Sinatra] He had such an influence. He was the most and still is the most remarkable singer to me, with the phrasing and his length of phrase.
2[on auditioning for Gene Kelly for a role in Hello, Dolly! (1969)] He said, "Listen kid: What we're looking for is an attractive idiot. Now my wife thinks you're attractive, and I think you're an idiot". And that's how I got the part of the attractive idiot in the film Hello, Dolly! (1969).
3I think one of the best words in the English language is compassion. I think it holds everything. It holds love, it holds care... and if everybody just did something. We all make a difference.
4[on The Phantom of the Opera (1925)] The passion and drama in the Lon Chaney version is unsurpassable. He was superb, he was superb. I owe a lot to Lon Chaney.
5Sometimes you learn more from failure than you do from success, and in some ways it's better to have failure at the beginning of your career, or your life.
6If it had not been for Benjamin Britten (the composer), I wouldn't have been an actor. He gave me belief, self-belief.

#Trademark
1His youthful, light voice
2Known for his roles, Frank Spencer in Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973) and the Phantom in the stage production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera."

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