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Ernie Wise

Born Ernest Wiseman
27 November 1925(1925-11-27)
Flag of England Morley, Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Died 21 March 1999 (aged 73)
Nuffield Hospital Gerrards Cross, Wexham Street, Buckinghamshire, England
Spouse(s) Doreen Blythe (1953–his death)

Ernest Wiseman OBE (27 November 1925 – 21 March 1999), better known by his stage name of Ernie Wise, was an English comedian, best known as one half of the comedy duo Morecambe and Wise, who became an institution on British television, especially for their Christmas specials. is the 331st day of the year (332nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... Morleys Coat of Arms Morley is a town in the county of Yorkshire (since 1974, West Yorkshire), England, in the Metropolitan Borough of Leeds and is situated five miles south-west of Leeds City Centre. ... For other uses, see Leeds (disambiguation) and Leeds City (disambiguation). ... Yorkshire is a historic county of northern England. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... is the 80th day of the year (81st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Events of 2008: (EMILY) Me Lesley and MIley are going to China! This article is about the year. ... Buckinghamshire (abbreviated Bucks) is one of the home counties in South East England. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... BAFTA Award The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organisation that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ... // The first series of the new Morecambe & Wise Show broadcast in colour on BBC2 in 1969 and was deemed to be a success. ... // The first series of the new Morecambe & Wise Show broadcast in colour on BBC2 in 1969 and was deemed to be a success. ... // The first series of the new Morecambe & Wise Show broadcast in colour on BBC2 in 1969 and was deemed to be a success. ... // The first series of the new Morecambe & Wise Show broadcast in colour on BBC2 in 1969 and was deemed to be a success. ... // The first series of the new Morecambe & Wise Show broadcast in colour on BBC2 in 1969 and was deemed to be a success. ... The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander... is the 331st day of the year (332nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 80th day of the year (81st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Events of 2008: (EMILY) Me Lesley and MIley are going to China! This article is about the year. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... For the documentary about Jerry Seinfeld, see Comedian (film). ... Morecambe and Wise were a famous British comic double act comprising Eric Morecambe OBE and Ernie Wise OBE. The act lasted four decades until Morecambes death in 1984. ... For other uses, see Christmas (disambiguation). ...

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Career

Wise's real name was Ernest Wiseman, but he changed his name (as did his partner) to go into show business –- which he did at an early age, appearing as an actor and singer in music hall. Born in Leeds, Yorkshire, his father, Harry, a railway porter, was also a semi-professional singer, and they appeared together under the name "Bert Carson and his Little Wonder". In 1939, while still a teenager, he appeared with top British comedian Arthur Askey in his famous Bandwagon show. Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... Music Hall is a form of British theatrical entertainment which reached its peak of popularity between 1850 and 1960. ... For other uses, see Leeds (disambiguation) and Leeds City (disambiguation). ... Yorkshire is a historic county of northern England. ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Arthur Askey (June 6, 1900 - November 16, 1982) was a prominent British comedian. ...


Ernie joined forces with Eric Morecambe in 1941, and they became one of the greatest comedy double acts of all time. They made their name in radio, transferring to television in 1955. Over a period of nearly twenty years, they had regular series with both ITV and BBC. Their hallmark was the way they invited celebrities on to the show only to make them look ridiculous. It was considered a sign of having "arrived" if a person was invited to appear. In 1976, they were both appointed OBEs. John Eric Bartholomew OBE (May 14, 1926 – May 28, 1984), better known by his stage name, Eric Morecambe was an English comedian who together with Ernie Wise, formed the double act Morecambe and Wise. ... For other uses, see 1941 (disambiguation). ... This article is about the comedy duo. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see ITV (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The British honours system is a means of rewarding individuals personal bravery, achievement or service to the United Kingdom. ...


Although Ernie was, strictly speaking, the "straight man" of the partnership, his role gradually and subtly changed over the years. The climax of each weekly show was a play "wrote" by Ernie, which generally demonstrated pretentiousness combined with bad grammar. (For example, Glenda Jackson, at the height of her career, was made to speak the line: All men are fools, and what makes them so is having beauty like what I have got.) Others who appeared in his "plays" included Peter Cushing, Vanessa Redgrave, John Mills, and Frank Finlay. Morecambe and Wise married within weeks of one another. Each was best man at the other's wedding. A straight man is a role in a comedy double act where a performer works with a comedian by setting up the situations or feeding the lines that allow their partner to make a joke. ... Glenda Jackson Glenda May Jackson, CBE, (born 9 May 1936) is a two-time Academy Award-winning British actress and politician, currently Labour Member of Parliament for the constituency of Hampstead and Highgate in the London Borough of Camden. ... Peter Wilton Cushing, OBE, (26 May 1913 - 11 August 1994) was an English actor, known for his many appearances in Hammer Films, in which he played Baron Frankenstein and Dr. Van Helsing, amongst many other roles, often appearing opposite his close friend Christopher Lee. ... Vanessa Redgrave, CBE (born 30 January 1937) is an Academy Award winning English actress and member of the Redgrave family, one of the enduring theatrical dynasties. ... John Mills as Professor Bernard Quatermass in the Thames Television science-fiction serial Quatermass (1979). ... Francis Frank Finlay, CBE (born 6 August 1926) is a British stage, film and television actor. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Following Eric's death from a heart attack in 1984, Ernie Wise spent some of his time in Florida where he had a holiday home. He appeared regularly as a panellist on the ITV revival of the popular panel show What's My Line?. He was also appeared several times on Countdown, had a gardening column in the News of the world and appeared in a few West End plays. Heart attack redirects here. ... This article is about the year. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Florida. ... For other uses, see ITV (disambiguation). ... Whats My Line? was a weekly panel game show produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman for CBS television. ... A countdown is the backward counting to indicate the seconds, days, etc. ... The News of the World is a British tabloid newspaper published every Sunday. ... // West End most commonly refers to: West End of London West End theatre West End may also refer to: West End, Queensland in Brisbane West End, Queensland (Townsville) in Townsville West End, Vancouver of Vancouver, British Columbia West End of New Westminster, in British Columbia West End, Winnipeg of Winnipeg...


Ernie lived in a luxury home on the banks of the River Thames in Maidenhead, Berkshire. He suffered a minor stroke in December 1993, followed by a second one in August 1995. With his health declining, Ernie formally announced his retirement from showbusiness on his 70th birthday. For other uses, see Stroke (disambiguation). ... Look up December in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... August is the eighth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday. ...


Ernie Wise died of a heart attack at Nuffield Hospital Gerrards Cross, Wexham Street, Buckinghamshire at the age of 73, following a series of heart problems over the years.[1] Buckinghamshire (abbreviated Bucks) is one of the home counties in South East England. ...


He was married to the dancer Doreen Blythe from 18 January 1953 until his death. A contemporary dancer rehearsing in a dance studio Dance generally refers to human movement either used as a form of expression or presented in a social, spiritual or performance setting. ... is the 18th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Promotional Work and Appearances

  • Ernie Wise was an active and long-time participant in the "Keep Britain Tidy" campaign. He once posed for a publicity photo, grinning cheerfully while two boys in "Keep Britain Tidy" T-shirts stuffed him into a rubbish bin.

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  • Eric and Ernie (1973)
  • Still on my Way to Hollywood (1990)

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References

  1. ^ Comedian Ernie Wise dies
  2. ^ BBC News - Mobiles rack up 20 years of use

External links

  • The Morecambe & Wise Tribute Site
  • Eric And Ern - Keeping The Magic Alive **Book, Film, TV Reviews, Interviews**

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Ernie Wise - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (510 words)
Ernie Wise OBE (November 27, 1925 – March 21, 1999) was an English comedian, best known as one half of the comedy duo Morecambe and Wise, who became an institution on British television, especially for their Christmas specials.
Although Ernie was, strictly speaking, the "straight man" of the partnership, his role gradually and subtly changed over the years.
Ernie Wise died of a heart attack at Nuffield Hospital, Wexham, near Slough, Berkshire at the age of 73, following a series of heart problems over the years.
Morecambe and Wise - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1783 words)
A typical Morecambe and Wise show, as scripted by Braben, was effectively a sketch show crossed with a sit-com, although shows could also include the duo appearing "as themselves" on a mock stage in front of curtains emblazoned with an M and W logo (this was usually to open the show).
Wise's contribution to the humour is a subject of an ongoing debate (to the end of his life he would always reject interviewers' suggestions that he was 'the straight man', preferring to call himself 'the song-and-dance man'); but as the manager of the duo he worked hard to ensure their success.
Morecambe and Wise would often pretend not to have heard of their guest, or would appear to confuse them with someone else (former UK Prime Minister Harold Wilson returned the favour, when appearing as a guest at the duo's 'flat', by referring to Morecambe as 'Mor-e-cam-by').
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