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Cushing, Peter Wilton (1913–1994), actor, was born at Normandy, Godstone Road, Kenley, Surrey, on 26 May 1913, the second son of George Edward Cushing (1881–1956), quantity surveyor, and his wife, Nellie Maria, née King (1880–1961). His grandfather Henry Cushing had been a member of ...

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Peter Wilton Cushing (1913–1994) by Anthony Buckley, 1953 © Kenneth Hughes / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dawson, Leslie [Les] (1931–1993), comedian, was born on 2 February 1931 in Thornton Street, Collyhurst, Manchester, the only child of Leslie Dawson (1905–1970), bricklayer, and his wife, Julia (c.1914–1957), daughter of David and Ellen Nolan. A small, chubby, solitary child, he grew up in some poverty in a ...

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Leslie Dawson (1931–1993) by R. Poplowski, 1973 Getty Images – R. Poplowski

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Eddington, Paul Clark (1927–1995), actor, was born on 18 June 1927 at 174 Sutherland Avenue, Paddington, London, the son of Albert Clark Eddington, a decorative artist, and his wife, Frances Clark Eddington, née Frances Mary Roberts. He was brought up in St John's Wood, London...

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Paul Clark Eddington (1927–1995) by Johnny Boylan, 1990 Johnny Boylan / Rex Features

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Elliott, Denholm Mitchell (1922–1992), actor, was born on 31 May 1922 at 48 Lexham Gardens, Kensington, London, the second son of Myles Layman Farr Elliott (d. 1933), barrister, and his wife, Nina, née Mitchell (d. 1966), the daughter of an Ayrshire...

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Denholm Mitchell Elliott (1922–1992) by Anthony Buckley, 1956 © Kenneth Hughes / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Everett, Kenny [real name Maurice James Christopher Cole] (1944–1995), broadcaster and comedian, was born on 25 December 1944 at 14 Hereford Road, Seaforth, Liverpool, the son of Thomas Cole, Mersey tugboat mate and later tugboat captain, and his wife, Elizabeth Margaret, née...

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Kenny Everett (1944–1995) by Lewis Morley, 1960s [with his wife, Lee Middleton] © Lewis Morley, courtesy of The Akehurst Bureau; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hawkins, John Edward [Jack] (1910–1973), actor, was born at Lyndhurst Road, Wood Green, Middlesex, on 14 September 1910, the son of master builder Thomas George Hawkins and his wife, Phoebe, née Goodman. The youngest of four children in a close-knit (though not at all theatrical) family, ...

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John Edward Hawkins (1910–1973) by Anthony Buckley, 1968 © Kenneth Hughes / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hill, Alfred Hawthorne [Benny] (1924–1992), comedian, was born in Southampton on 25 January 1924, the younger son and second of three children of Alfred Hill (d. 1971), a former circus performer and the manager of a surgical appliance shop in Southampton, and his wife, ...

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Alfred Hawthorne Hill (1924–1992) by Bob Collins, c. 1957 © Bob Collins; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Howerd, Frankie [real name Francis Alick Howard] (1917–1992), comedian, was born in York on 6 March 1917, the elder son and eldest of three children of Francis Alfred William Howard, soldier and tutor in the army education corps, and his wife, Edith Florence, ...

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Frankie Howerd (1917–1992) by Vincent Gillett © Vincent Gillet Photography; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Jackson, Gordon Cameron (1923–1990), actor, was born in Glasgow on 19 December 1923, the youngest of the five children of Thomas Jackson, a foreman letterpress printer, and his wife, Margaret Fletcher. He left the city's Hillhead high school at the age of fifteen to pursue a career as an engineering draughtsman with ...

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Jewel, Jimmy [real name James Arthur Thomas Marsh] (1909–1995), comedian and actor, was born on 4 December 1909 at 52 Andover Street, Pittsmoor, Sheffield, the younger child of James Arthur Thomas Marsh (1881–1936), music-hall artist (under the name James A. Jewel) and designer and builder of stage scenery, and his wife, ...

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Jimmy Jewel (1909–1995) by Wolfgang Suschitzky, 1981 © Wolfgang Suschitzky / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Danny La Rue (1927–2009) by Reg Wilson, 2002 © Reg Wilson / Rex Features