5 Oct 2010

Comedy actor Norman Wisdom dies

12:34 pm on 5 October 2010

British comedy actor Sir Norman Wisdom has died aged 95.

The London-born comedian was known for his slapstick film roles in the 1950s and 1960s.

In his later years, he also won acclaim for more serious stage and television roles.

Sir Norman, who was knighted in 2000, was renowned for a string of comic roles and Charlie Chaplin described him as his favourite clown.

His later work included the recurring role of Billy Ingleton in the long-running BBC comedy Last of the Summer Wine.

In a bizarre twist to his career, he became an icon in hardline communist Albania, where his movies were among the few Western cultural products permitted.

After the overthrow of communism he visited the country and was warmly welcomed.

Sir Norman had suffered a series of strokes causing a decline in his health over the past six months.