Norman Wisdom Dies Aged 95
Comic legend Sir Norman Wisdom passed away yesterday at the age of 95. The pint-sized comedian was one of the biggest stars of the post-war era and appeared in numerous other shows up until recent years.
The knight of the realm made a series of hit movies from 1953 playing Norman Pitkin, a clumsy and downtrodden worker at odds with his pompous boss Mr Grimsdale and was a firm favourite with audiences for his slap-stick humour.
Bizarely he was also received cult status in Communist Albania, as his films were the only Western movies allowed on the airwaves. He was knighted in 2000 and even did his trademark stumble for the Queen at Buckingham Palace. In 2007 he moved to an Isle of Man nursing home and his death there after a series of strokes prompted a flood of tributes last night.
Phil Day, his publicist since 1969 told The Sun: “Of all the artists I’ve ever worked with, he’s been the closest. I never met anyone in the profession who didn’t like him, right up to royalty.”
“I’ve never known anyone who was adored as much,” added his devastated agent Johnny Mans.