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Norman Wisdom est un Acteur et Scénariste Britannique né le 4 février 1915 à Londres (Royaume-uni)

Norman Wisdom

Norman Wisdom
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Nom de naissance Norman Joseph Wisdom
Nationalité Royaume-uni
Naissance 4 février 1915 à Londres (Royaume-uni)
Mort 4 octobre 2010 (à 95 ans)
Récompenses Officier de l'ordre de l'Empire britannique

Sir Norman Joseph Wisdom, OBE (4 February 1915 – 4 October 2010) was an English actor, comedian, and singer-songwriter best known for a series of comedy films produced between 1953 and 1966 featuring his hapless onscreen character Norman Pitkin. Wisdom gained celebrity status in lands as far apart as South America, Iran and many Eastern Bloc countries, particularly in Albania where his films were the only ones by Western actors permitted by dictator Enver Hoxha to be shown. Charlie Chaplin once referred to Wisdom as his "favourite clown".

Wisdom later forged a career on Broadway in New York and as a television actor, winning critical acclaim for his dramatic role of a dying cancer patient in the television play Going Gently in 1981. He toured Australia and South Africa. After the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, a hospice was named in his honour. In 1995 he was given the Freedom of the City of London and of Tirana. The same year he received an OBE.

Wisdom was knighted in 2000 and spent much of his later life on the Isle of Man. His later appearances included roles in Last of the Summer Wine and Coronation Street, and he retired from acting at the age of 90 after his health deteriorated.


Wisdom was married twice. His first wife was Doreen Brett, whom he married in 1941. By 1944 they had separated when Doreen gave birth to a son, Michael (born 1944), fathered by Albert Gerald Hardwick, a telephone engineer. The marriage was dissolved in 1946.

He married his second wife, Freda Isobel Simpson, a dancer, in 1947; they had two children: Nicholas (born 1953, who later played first-class cricket for Sussex) and Jacqueline (born 1954). The couple divorced in 1969, with Wisdom granted full custody of the children. Freda Wisdom died in Brighton in 1992.

Popular in the Isle of Man, he lived for 27 years in a house in Andreas named Ballalough (Manx language for "place of the lake", though really a humorous corruption of the English "belly laugh"). A supporter of various charities including Mencap, in 2005 Wisdom starred in a video for the Manx girl group Twisted Angels, for their single "LA", in support of the local charity Project 21.

During the 1960s he was involved in a famous legal case (Wisdom v Chamberlain, 1968) in which he was pursued by the Inland Revenue for tax on profits made from the sale of silver bullion he had bought when concerned about the further devaluation of sterling. He contended that it was an investment, but the court held that it had been a trading venture and was duly chargeable to income tax.

Wisdom was a lifelong supporter and a former board member of football team Brighton and Hove Albion. He also liked Everton and Newcastle United. He enjoyed golf, and was a member of the Grand Order of Water Rats. He was a Honorary Member of the Winkle Club, a famous charity in Hastings, East Sussex.

A lover of cars, his collection included a 1956 Bentley S1 Continental R Type fastback, which he first bought in 1961, and then again in the late 1980s. In 1969 he purchased, after the divorce from Freda Isobel Simpson, a Shelby Cobra 427, CSX3206, in New York, which he kept until 1986, when it was sold to another car enthusiast in Brighton, UK. Until his age and declining mental health meant he failed a Department of Transport fitness-to-drive test, he owned and drove a 1987 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit and a Jaguar S-Type, which were sold in September 2005.

In 1963, he commissioned D. J. (Rick) Richardson to design a new motor yacht. The 94 feet (29 m) long hull and superstructure were built in Spain for £80,000, before being towed to Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex for fitting-out. After three years of extensive works and sea trials, she was named M/Y Conquest and valued at £1.25 million by insurers. One of the first private yachts available for charter at £6,000 a month, she was later based in ports on the Mediterranean Sea, and finally at Port Vauban, Antibes, where Wisdom sold her. Refitted and recommissioned, she is again available for charter.

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Filmographie de Norman Wisdom (23 films)

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Evil Calls: The Raven, 1h30
Réalisé par Richard Driscoll
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Horreur
Acteurs Eileen Daly, Marianne Faithfull, Jason Donovan, Rik Mayall, Norman Wisdom, Christopher Walken
Rôle Sir Norman shot a small scene in 2002, aged 86, under the title Alone in the Dark. Wisdom had no idea it was gratuitous.
Note35% 1.7791551.7791551.7791551.7791551.779155
A group of students go to a haunted forest called Harrow Woods in New England for a weekend vacation to investigate the disappearance of horror novelist George Carney and his family who have been missing (presumed dead) for two years. Led by lecturer, Karl Mathers, the group embark on their investigation into the forest. They discover that in the 17th century the infamous witch, Lenore Selwyn, was burnt at the stake within Harrow Woods. As she struggled against the flames she cursed the land her ashes fell upon. The group are murdered one by one. The George Carney story appears in flashback as the students, particularly Anna, a psychic, investigate Harrow Woods and the abandoned log cabin where the Carney family was suspected to have been murdered two years previously.
Expresso (2007)
, 10minutes
Origine Royaume-uni
Acteurs Norman Wisdom
Note59% 2.98552.98552.98552.98552.9855
Expresso is a series of eight micro-stories, that develop the viewer as they watch the visitors during one day, to one table in a typical UK coffee shop:
5 enfants et moi, 1h29
Réalisé par John Stephenson, John Stephenson
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Drame, Science-fiction, Fantasy, Aventure
Thèmes Films pour enfants
Acteurs Freddie Highmore, Tara Fitzgerald, Alex Jennings, Jonathan Bailey, Zoë Wanamaker, Kenneth Branagh
Rôle Nesbitt
Note55% 2.7514152.7514152.7514152.7514152.751415
Pour échapper aux dangers de la guerre et attendre le retour de leur père aviateur, cinq enfants sont envoyés chez leur oncle, un écrivain excentrique qui vit dans un immense manoir sur les côtes anglaises.Désobéissant aux instructions qui leur ont été données, les cinq frères et soeurs visitent une pièce interdite et découvrent un passage secret. Celui-ci les mène à une étrange créature, le génie des sables, qui semble pouvoir exaucer leurs voeux les plus fous...Espionnés par leur redoutable cousin, les cinq enfants vont vivre mille aventures incroyables, magiques et merveilleuses, jusqu'à ce qu'un danger menace ceux qu'ils aiment plus que tout...
Double X: The Name of the Game, 1h35
Genres Thriller, Policier
Acteurs William Katt, Norman Wisdom, Bernard Hill, Gemma Craven, Simon Ward, Chloë Annett
Rôle Arthur Clutton/Maurice Rigby
Note41% 2.0650252.0650252.0650252.0650252.065025
Expert safecracker Arthur Clutten (Wisdom) masterminds heists for a criminal syndicate he belongs to. But after witnessing the brutal methods of persuasion being meted out by gang leader, Ignatius Smith (Hill) Clutten decides to quit. But he realises the gang would sooner see him killed than quitting. After stealing some documents incriminating Smith and his boss, Edward Ross (Ward), Clutten then puts his family in hiding and goes on the run...but his daughter (Annett) has been kidnapped by the gang and a hitman (Katt) has been hired and is close to finding Clutten.
What's Good for the Goose, 1h45
Réalisé par Menahem Golan
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie
Acteurs Sally Geeson, Terence Alexander, Norman Wisdom, David Lodge, Derek Francis, Paul Whitsun-Jones
Rôle Timothy Bartlett
Note52% 2.6221352.6221352.6221352.6221352.622135
Norman Wisdom plays a 50-something assistant bank manager called Timothy Bartlett whose marriage has become lacklustre. When he goes to a banker's conference in a coastal town he meets a fun-loving female student called Nikki (Sally Geeson) with whom he has a brief affair and abandons his work responsibilities to have a perfect day with her having fun taking in all the seaside attractions and recapturing his youthful energy.
La Nuit de Minsky Ils ont pillé, 1h39
Réalisé par William Friedkin
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Comédie, Musical
Thèmes Musique
Acteurs Jason Robards, Britt Ekland, Bert Lahr, Norman Wisdom, Forrest Tucker, Harry Andrews
Rôle Chick Williams
Note60% 3.0497553.0497553.0497553.0497553.049755
New York, 1925 - Le Cabaret Burlesque Minsky propose des numéros affriolants qui lui valent d'être surveillé par Fowler, représentant la Société de Répression du Vice. L'arrivée de l'innocente Rachel, fille de pasteur amish, redistribue les cartes...
Press for Time, 1h42
Réalisé par Robert Asher
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie
Acteurs Norman Wisdom, Derek Bond, Derek Francis, Allan Cuthbertson, Angela Browne, Noël Dyson
Rôle Norman Sheilds
Note61% 3.0512053.0512053.0512053.0512053.051205
Norman Shields (Norman Wisdom) is a local newspaper seller in London. He is happy with his current job, but is sent by his grandfather, the Prime Minister (also played by Wisdom), to take up a new job as a newspaper reporter in the fictional seaside town of Tinmouth.
Ce formidable laitier, 1h38
Réalisé par Robert Asher
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie
Acteurs Edward Chapman, Norman Wisdom, Jerry Desmonde, Paddie O'Neil, Bryan Pringle, Richard Vernon
Rôle Norman Pitkin
Note68% 3.4033953.4033953.4033953.4033953.403395
Norman est l'assistant aidant à lancer une petite ancienne laiterie façonné qui est menacée par une plus grande, l'organisation moderne. Norman fait de son mieux pour sauver la laiterie (et son cheval) et le chaos habituelle s'ensuit.
Docteur ne coupez pas, 1h29
Réalisé par Robert Asher
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie
Acteurs Edward Chapman, Norman Wisdom, Jerry Desmonde, Wanda Ventham, Marianne Stone, Glyn Houston
Rôle Norman Pitkin
Note71% 3.5502653.5502653.5502653.5502653.550265
Norman Pitkin est apprenti dans la boucherie de M. Grimsdale. Lorsqu'un hold-up a lieu dans la boutique, M. Grimsdale, sur la suggestion de Norman, met sa montre en or dans sa bouche pour la cacher. Cela a comme résultat que M. Grimsdale avale accidentellement sa montre et est envoyé à l'hôpital. Lors de sa visite à son patron, Norman cause un chaos dans l'hôpital et rencontre Lindy, une jeune fille qui n'a plus parlé depuis l'accident d'avion qui a causé la mort de ses parents. Norman ayant été désigné persona non grata à l'hôpital, il rejoint avec M. Grimsdale la brigade d'Ambulance Saint-Jean, ce lui donne une excuse pour visiter la jeune fille.
Le Limier de Scotland Yard, 1h46
Réalisé par Robert Asher
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie
Thèmes Sport, Football
Acteurs Norman Wisdom, Jennifer Jayne, Esma Cannon, Raymond Huntley, Eric Barker, Wanda Ventham
Rôle Norman Pitkin / Giulio Napolitani
Note69% 3.451913.451913.451913.451913.45191
Trop petit pour rejoindre la police comme son père, Norman Pitkin accepte d'utiliser son sifflet pour arbitrer un match de football opposant des enfants dans la rue. L'utilisation intempestive du sifflet attire la police sur les lieux du match...
The Girl on the Boat, 1h30
Origine Royaume-uni
Thèmes La mer, Transport
Acteurs Millicent Martin, Norman Wisdom, Richard Briers, Philip Locke, Sheila Hancock, Athene Seyler
Rôle Sam Marlowe
Note59% 2.9614952.9614952.9614952.9614952.961495
During the 1920s, two young men returning to England on a transatlantic liner fall in love with two fellow passengers.
Norman dans la marine, 1h37
Réalisé par Robert Asher
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie
Thèmes Bidasses, La mer, Transport
Acteurs Norman Wisdom, Ian Hunter, David Lodge, Robert Urquhart, Edward Chapman, Eddie Byrne
Rôle Norman Puckle
Note62% 3.1492953.1492953.1492953.1492953.149295
Norman Puckle, employé dans une épicerie, semble être incapable de réussir quoi que ce soit. Après avoir été rejeté par Marlene, l'amour de sa vie, il tente de se suicider, mais il est sauvé par un sous-officier de la Royal Navy. Ce dernier le persuade de rejoindre la Navy, où il pourra rencontrer beaucoup de filles.
There Was a Crooked Man, 1h47
Réalisé par Stuart Burge
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie
Thèmes Adaptation d'une pièce de théâtre
Acteurs Alfred Marks, Norman Wisdom, Andrew Cruickshank, Reginald Beckwith, Susannah York, Timothy Bateson
Rôle Davy Cooper
Note70% 3.504213.504213.504213.504213.50421
A naive explosives expert is tricked into working for a criminal gang. The title is taken from the poem There Was a Crooked Man.
Follow a Star, 1h42
Réalisé par Robert Asher
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie, Musical
Thèmes La musique, Musique
Acteurs June Laverick, Norman Wisdom, Jerry Desmonde, Dick Emery, Hattie Jacques, Richard Wattis
Rôle Norman Truscott
Note66% 3.3424753.3424753.3424753.3424753.342475
Norman Truscott travaille dans un pressing mais rêve d'être un chanteur célèbre. Il n'en revient pas quand son idole, Vernon Carew, apporte son costume au nettoyage. Carew lui offre alors 5 tickets pour le spectacle.