Arthur Askey was a diminutive British comedian, born in 1900. He began his professional career as a music hall performer in 1924, but it wasn’t until 1938’s Band Wagon (which lasted a full five seasons), that he became a household name in England.
His film debut was in the 1937 British feature Calling All Stars, but then, in 1939, Band Wagon swooped in again and made him a film star with a film following on from when Arthur and co-star Richard “Stinker” Murdoch were evicted from their beloved flat.
Film stardom carried Arthur through to the mid 1940s, but it wasn’t till 1956 when he starred in another film, Ramsbottom Rides again. He started his own television show: The Arthur Askey show, where, of course, he was the main player and that carried on till his retirement. He died in 1982.
Birth Place: Liverpool, England, UK on 1900-06-06
Known For: Acting
TOP FIVE ROLES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED
The Ghost Train
Mismatched travellers are stranded overnight at a lonely rural railway station. They soon learn of local superstition about a phantom train which is said to travel these parts at dead of night, carrying ghosts from a long-ago train wreck in the area.
Release Date: 1941-01-01
Role: Tommy Gander
Jilted by his fiancee, Arthur Pilbeam gets a job as far away from women as possible. Alone in a lighthouse, he soon finds that 12 other people end up living on the tiny island. Thirteen is an unlucky number; and one-by-one they disappear …
Release Date: 1942-04-15
Role: Arthur Pilbeam
I Thank You
Classic comedy starring Arthur Askey. The perils, humiliations and humour of trying to run a second-rate theatrical company are further compounded when financial aid, given by the former famous music-hall star Lady Randall (Lily Morris), is withdrawn. Not to be defeated, the stars decide the show must go on and devise a plan to persuade her to reinvest
Release Date: 1941-10-20
King Arthur Was a Gentleman
Arthur King joins the army, and soon starts fantasizing about King Arthur and his knights.
Release Date: 1942-12-28
Role: Arthur King
Miss London Ltd.
Askey stars as a man trying to save his flagging escort agency. A new partner suggests getting some new girls in, just in time for the soldiers’ leave. The film also features the English singing favourite of the forties, Anne Shelton.
Release Date: 1943-06-14
Role: Arthur Bowman