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Tony Hancock

  • Birth 12 May 1924 Birmingham, Metropolitan Borough of Birmingham, West Midlands, England
  • Death 25 Jun 1968 Australia
  • Burial Cranford, London Borough of Hounslow, Greater London, England
  • Plot Churchyard
  • Memorial ID 7789110

Entertainer. Immensely popular and influential British comedian, regarded by many to be the greatest of all time. Born in the British city of Birmingham, Hancock had tried stand-up comedy at 16 and made his first radio broadcast in 1941. During wartime service with the Royal Air Force, he worked in ENSA concert parties and gang shows. After the war he got a job as a comedian at the Windmill Theatre. Radio bookings where offered more and more in 1949 and in 1953 he became the resident comedian on radio's "All-Star Bill," working for the first time with comedy writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson. When the first series of Hancock's Half Hour began in 1954, featuring a cast that included Sid James, Hattie Jacques and Kenneth Williams. Hancock later moved into television with the legendary "Hancock's Half Hour" series. This series included classic sketches such as "The Blood Donor." As his career faded he appeared in the poor TV series "Hancock's," and three episodes of a comedy series made in Australia, where he committed suicide with a combination of alcohol and pills. He was cremated in Sydney and his ashes flown back under the care of Willy Rushden.

Bio by: Kieran Smith

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Kieran Smith
  • Added: 23 Aug 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7789110
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Tony Hancock (12 May 1924–25 Jun 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7789110, citing St Dunstan with Holy Angels Churchyard, Cranford, London Borough of Hounslow, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated.