Who was Charlie Chaplin’s favourite clown? Who was mobbed on holiday in Moscow in 1963? Who was personally invited by Mao on a month-long tour of China? And who became a cult figure in Communist Albania of all places, where his were the only western films shown under the regime of Enver Hoxha?
If you guessed Norman Wisdom, go to the top of the class.
He was one of my favourite comedians as a child; sadly, he died on Monday 4 October (St Francis’ Day—how appropriate!) at the age of 95; here is the BBC report. RIP, Norman Wisdom.
(What? You’ve never heard of him? You can be forgiven if you’re under 40… Read his Wikipedia entry.)