Possessed of both an enormous tenor voice and a taste for doing the odd mad voice, Harry Secombe's career splits neatly in half.
In the first half of his career, Secombe was a talented singer and actor, though of course he's principally known for incarnating Neddy Seagoon, on The Goon Show. Secombe played Seagoon and near-identical variants such as Nugent Dirt.
Though like Peter Sellers, Secombe had nothing to do with the writing of Goon Show scripts (principally down to Spike Milligan and Eric Sykes) his adlibs and audience handling formed a main part of the show.
During the 60s and 70s, Secombe was a fixture on TV sets as well, fronting comedy shows such as Have a Harry Christmas and Secombe and Friends.
Secombe also featured as various grotesques such as Bumble in Oliver!, as well as seedy little Stanley in The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins.
His career as a singer saw songs including This is My Song, and If I Ruled The World, being released as singles.
Knighted in 1981 and losing a lot of his famous weight after suffering peritonitis, the second part of Secombe's career saw him take a role in religious programming, most notably fronting Highway from 1983, which again showcased his oft-forgotten voice.
After a lifetime of entertaining and making people laugh, Sir Harry Secombe died in 2001 following a stroke.
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