The DD Guest Star Bios

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Norman Vaughan

Norman Vaughan Norman Edward Vaughan) b Liverpool, Lancashire 10/4/1923 d London 17/5/2002 Episodes (1); Get A Movie On

Born in Liverpool Norman began life as an actor and at the age of 14 he toured with a boys theatrical troupe call ‘The Eton Boys Choir’. Several years later Norman was part of a dance trio called ‘The Dancing Aces’ and he stayed with the troupe until he was called up to the Army in 1945. Whilst in the army he served in Italy and the Middle East.

 

It was whilst in the Army that Norman had the chance to play in various Army shows and appeared with such future stars as Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe. Leaving the army Norman then went to Australia and spent two years working in variety. On returning to Britain he started to appear in variety shows as a comedian and compere, it would be as a compere Norman would be remembered.

 

Norman made his television debut in 1955 as a guest on The Harry Secombe Show, the following year he also appeared as himself on Great Scott, Its Maynard, a comedy show with Terry Scott and Bill Maynard. It was in 1962 that Norman made a name for himself when he stepped in for Bruce Forsyth as host for Sunday, Night at the London Palladium, this programme was broadcast live and attracted viewers of over twenty million. As a result of this he became well known and even had his own catchphrases such as ‘swinging’ and ‘dodgy!’. Norman remained with the show until 1965.

 

As well as being a compare Norman appeared regularly on stage in such shows as Calamity Jane with Barbara Windsor and the comedy farces A Bedful of Foreigners and No Sex Please We’re British, Norman also was to notch up several pantomime performances over the years. In 1966 Norman appeared in the comedy film Doctor in Clover playing a TV commentator

 

In 1970 he made his sole appearance in Here Come The Double Decker’s! When he again played a TV Compere. Later that year he replaced Bob Monkhouse as presenter of the popular television quiz show The Golden Shot and stayed until 1972. Norman also appeared regularly as a guest on such shows as Celebrity Squares, Give Us A Clue and The Generation Game. Norman’s other claim to fame is that he devised the quiz show Bullseye in 1981, a popular darts and quiz show that was initially hosted by comedian Jim Bowen. His last screen appearance was in 2001 when he  was a guest talking about Harry Secombe in the programme entitled Wild About Harry: A Tribute to Sir Harry Secombe.

 

Sadly Norman died in 2002 at the Royal London Hospital from injuries sustained in a road accident that happened at Waterloo Bridge. Norman was married to a former dancer and left one son called David, he has a commemorative plaque at Golders Green Crematorium in North London.

Norman Vaughan (10 April 1923[1] – 17 May 2002[2]) was an English comedian who led a long and successful career in the television and theatre, appearing occasionally in the cinema.

Early life

Vaughan was born in Liverpool and began a stage career at the age of 14 with a boys' theatrical troupe - the Eton Boys Choir, singing 'D'ye Ken John Peel'. A few years later, he formed a dance trio called 'The Dancing Aces' and toured with it until he was called up to the join the Army in 1945. He served as a sergeant in Italy and the Middle East. During his military service he appeared in Army shows with Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe, who were later to form the Goons. In 1951, he appeared with Secombe again, when they performed on the same bill in variety.

After two years of doing variety shows in Australia, Vaughan returned to Britain to appear in a summer season of shows called 'Twinkle'. By the end of the decade he was the compere of a show starring Cliff Richard.

Television career

Vaughan was by now making a name for himself as an entertainer and his big break came when he stepped into Bruce Forsyth's shoes to host Sunday Night at the London Palladium. At this time, the show was broadcast live and was a national institution, often with 20 million regular viewers. Vaughan overcame his first night nerves to become an instant star, becoming well known for his catch-phrases 'swinging!' and 'dodgy!', which were accompanied by thumbs-up or thumbs-down gestures. He was a popular host for the long-running television programme (1962–1965). He also hosted The Golden Shot (during 1972 and 1973), taking over from Bob Monkhouse. When he finished with the programme he handed over his job to the comedian Charlie Williams, who failed to make the required impact, after which Monkhouse returned once more to the show. Vaughan also appeared in a memorable 1960s TV advertising campaign for Cadbury's Roses chocolates which included the slogan 'Roses Grow On You'.

On television, he was also a regular guest on variety and quiz shows, including Celebrity Squares, Give Us a Clue and Larry Grayson's Generation Game, as well as being compere of the BBC's Pebble Mill Showcase.

Theatre career

Vaughan had already launched a successful career as an actor. His stage appearances include In Order of Appearance at the Chichester Festival Theatre, a tour of Calamity Jane with Barbara Windsor and the farces A Bedful of Foreigners and No Sex Please, We're British. He also appeared in a number of pantomimes.

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Vaughan devised the television game show Bullseye (1981), which was presented by Jim Bowen. He made few television or film appearances after 1974 other than appearing as a seaside entertainer in the sex comedy Come Play with Me (1977), plus playing himself in Hear My Song (1991) and featuring in a TV tribute to Sir Harry Secombe (2001). He died, aged 79, in the Royal London Hospital in East London, on 17 May 2002, from injuries sustained in a road accident on 17 April, at Waterloo Bridge.

Vaughan was married to Bernice, a former dancer, and they had one son, David.

There is a commemorative plaque for him at Golders Green Crematorium in North London.

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  • Thumb up – "Swinging"; thumb down – "Dodgy".[3]

 

 

Vaughan was born in Liverpool and began a stage career at the age of 14 with a boys' theatrical troupe - the Eton Boys Choir, singing 'D'ye Ken John Peel'. A few years later, he formed a dance trio called 'The Dancing Aces' and toured with it until he was called up to the join the Army in 1945. He served as a sergeant in Italy and the Middle East. During his military service he appeared in Army shows with Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe, who were later to form The Goons. In 1951, he appeared with Secombe again, when they performed on the same bill in variety.

After two years of doing variety shows in Australia, Vaughan returned to Britain to appear in a summer season of shows called 'Twinkle'. By the end of the decade he was the compere of a show starring Cliff Richard.

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Vaughan was by now making a name for himself as an entertainer and his big break came when he stepped into Bruce Forsyth's shoes to host Sunday Night at the London Palladium. At this time, the show was broadcast live and was a national institution, often with 20 million regular viewers. Vaughan overcame his first night nerves to become an instant star, becoming well known for his catch-phrases 'swinging!' and 'dodgy!', which were accompanied by thumbs-up or thumbs-down gestures. He was a popular host for the long-running television programme (1962–1965). He also hosted The Golden Shot (during 1974), taking over from Bob Monkhouse. When he finished with the programme he handed over his job to the comedian Charlie Williams, who failed to make the required impact, after which Monkhouse returned once more to the show. He also appeared in a memorable 1960s TV advertising campaign for Cadbury's Roses chocolates which included the famous slogan 'Roses Grow On You'.

On television, he was also a regular guest on variety and quiz shows, including Celebrity Squares, Give Us a Clue and Larry Grayson's Generation Game, as well as being compere of the BBC's Pebble Mill Showcase.

Vaughan had already launched a successful career as an actor too. His stage appearances include In Order of Appearance at the Chichester Festival Theatre, a tour of Calamity Jane with Barbara Windsor and the farces A Bedful of Foreigners and No Sex Please, We're British. He also appeared in a number of pantomimes.

Vaughan devised the television game show Bullseye (1981), which was presented by Jim Bowen. He made few television or film appearances after 1974 other than appearing as a seaside entertainer in the sex comedy Come Play with Me (1977), plus playing himself in Hear My Song (1991) and featuring in a TV tribute to Sir Harry Secombe (2001). He died, aged 79, in the Royal London Hospital in East London, on 17 May 2002, from injuries sustained in a road accident on 17 April, at Waterloo Bridge.

Vaughan was married to Bernice, a former dancer, and they had one son, David.

There is a commemorative plaque for this entertainer at Golders Green Crematorium in North London.

 

Internet Movie Database information and links

Date of Birth:

10 April 1927, Liverpool, England, UK See more 

Date of Death:

17 May 2002, London, England, UK See more 

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