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 Sid James

Sid James

Birth
Hillbrow, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa
Death 26 Apr 1976 (aged 62)
Sunderland, Metropolitan Borough of Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England
Burial Golders Green, London Borough of Barnet, Greater London, England
Plot Ashes scattered in section 2 I
Memorial ID 18709 · View Source
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Comedian. Arguably Great Britain's most well-loved comic actor, he was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, his parents being showbiz stars at the time. His early years were spent as a diamond cutter and polisher, as well as an amatuer boxer. At the outbreak of World War II, Sid joined the forces, with part of his duties being entertainments organiser. After the war he purchased a one way ticket to England, arriving on Christmas Day, 1946. He starred in many stage productions, before starring in gangster movies. His role in "The Lavender Hill Mob" was spotted by comedy writers Galton and Simpson. This led to his appearences in the classic shows of Tony Hancock. He also appeared in sitcoms such as "Bless this House". It was his Carry-On movie appearences that gave Sid his place in history. Appearances as Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond (Carry on up the Khyber, 1968), The Rumpo Kid (Carry on Cowboy, 1965) and Gladstone Screwer (Carry on Again, Doctor, 1969) helped to make Sid a household name.
He died following his second heart attack at the Sunderland Empire.

Bio by: Kieran Smith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 4 Dec 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18709
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sid James (8 May 1913–26 Apr 1976), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18709, citing Golders Green Crematorium, Golders Green, London Borough of Barnet, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .