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Michael Bentine

1922-1996

 

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Michael Bentine, one of the original goons from BBC show the 'Goon Show' with Peter Sellars and Harry Seacombe and Spike Milligan. Another comic genius, who was ahead of his time, and influenced shows such as Monty Pythons Flying Circus.

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Michael Bentine

  • Born: Jan 26, 1922 in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, UK
  • Died: Nov 26, 1996
  • Occupation: Actor, Writer
  • Active: '50s-'60s
  • Major Genres: Comedy
  • Career Highlights: The Sandwich Man, Forces' Sweetheart, Yes, It's the Cathode-Ray Tube Show
  • First Major Screen Credit: Forces' Sweetheart (1953)

Biography

Along with Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe, and Peter Sellers, comedian Michael Bentine was a charter member of the comedy troupe that created the BBC's Crazy People (1951). Bentine left the show before the year's end and the following year it became the famous Goon Show, a comedy sketch program that greatly influenced such subsequent sketch series as The Fringe and Monty Python's Flying Circus. On his own, Bentine developed a few other television programs and appeared sporadically in British films such as Cookery Nook (1951), Fun at the Movies (1957), and Bachelor of Arts (1969). ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide
 

It was comics like Michael that showed the world the comic brilliance of the British comedian, even if many of them did not understand them!

      Remember-He he who laughs last.....Really didn't get the joke anyway...