Cover of Who Done It?
Benny Hill:Comic Man In The Making.
I watched the comical “Benny Hill Show” like crazy, when I was a kid back in the 80′s (Even Though My Parents Told Me Not To LOL). And I often wondered where Benny Hill’s comical antics started from. Alfred Hill (Benny) really had a flare for comedy and entertainment at a young age. At 16 yrs of age he took off to London to pursue a start in comedy and entertainment.
He acquired work in the comedy business fast, but not in London and he was leading a troupe of 12 others. In 41′ he starred in “Stars In Battledress“, using his new stage alter ego name “Benny Hill”. Hill learned to improve his comic techniques in the music hall across the country, as was the traditional route at the time, before turning to television.
He was already a pioneer performer on T.V. & in the 50′s he had hosted numerous variety shows for BBC (British Broadcasting Channel). Then he started to expand out into the cinema scene in 56′, in the film “Who Done It?” The film wasn’t a big success but Hill kept on performing in a varitey of films. Amongst those was “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang“, for an alotted time during his career. Then in the 60′s it happened for Hill, and “The Benny Hill Show” took off strong on television from it’s start as Hill displayed characters such as “Professor Marvel”.
The show gained international status into the 70′s, even though it did spawn controversy wherever it was seen, it also gained a loyal fan base of followers and remained on the air until the late 80′s. Despite being an extrovert in front of the camera, Hill kept his private life discreet, and usually avoiding outings in public places. He never married although he did ask two women for their hand in marriage but it was unsuccessful.
And being as wealthy and famous as he was the dude never owned a house, car, but he did rent a small flat in Teddington, England not far from Thames Television Studios, where he recorded his typing of the “Benny Hill Show”. In the 90′s Hill health started to take a toll due to his weight. His doctors told him he needed to lose weight and undergo a heart bypass, but Hill declined. He was diagnosed with renal failure, he later died in April of 92′. March On Benny, March On!
Benny Hill: Comic Man In The Making.
(By: Jaye Irons)
Till then MY Motto: Stay calm, cool, collective, knowing that the only thing that keeps you form making a difference in life is yourself strive for the best!