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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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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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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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Macrae, (John) Duncan Graham (1905–1967), actor, was born on 20 August 1905 at 118 Kirkland Street, Maryhill, Glasgow, the fourth of the six children of James Macrae (1871–1945), a sergeant in the Glasgow police force, and his wife, Catherine Graham (1869–1938). He grew up in a strict Presbyterian background, rooted in the highland traditions of his grandparents, but in his later years religion only figured peripherally. Educated at ...

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(John) Duncan Graham Macrae (1905–1967) by William Crosbie, c. 1938 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Milligan, Terence Alan [Spike] (1918–2002), comedian and author, was born on 16 April 1918 in Ahmednagar, near Bombay, India, the elder son of Leo Alphonso Milligan (1890–1969), soldier, and his wife, Florence Winifred, née Kettleband (1893–1990). His brother, Desmond Patrick, was born in 1925. ...

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Terence Alan Milligan (1918–2002) by Harry Hammond, 1953 V&A Images, The Victoria and Albert Museum; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Murray, Charles Thomas McKinnon [Chic] (1919–1985), comedian and actor, was born on 6 November 1919 at 26 Duncan Street, Greenock, the only surviving child of William Irvine Murray (1879–1933), railway goods checker, and his wife, Isabella Forrest McKinnon (1882–1958). He left school at ...

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Nimmo, Derek Robert (1930–1999), actor, was born at 26 Springbourne Road, Liverpool, on 19 September 1930, the son of an insurance clerk, Henry Nimmo, and his wife, Marjorie Sudbury Hardy. He was educated at Quarry Bank School, Liverpool, where the enlightened headmaster, R. F. Bailey...

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Derek Robert Nimmo (1930–1999) by A. Harris, 1973 © News International Newspapers Ltd