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Tommy Cooper (I) (1921–1984)

After leaving the army Tommy Cooper took up show business in 1947 and so started his long career of comedy derived around visual humour, magic tricks that didn't work and his trademark red fez, a prop that started from his days in the army. The BBC described him as an "Unattractive young man with an extremely unfortunate appearance" in an audition... See full bio »
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Known For

The Plank Larger Workman
The Cool Mikado Pooh-Bah, Private Detective
Wild Harvest Soundtrack
It's Your Move Big removal man


Hide Hide Show Show Actor (14 credits)
 1982 It's Your Move (TV Short)
Big removal man
 1982 The Eric Sykes 1990 Show (TV Movie)
 1975 Cooper (TV Series)
Various Roles
- Episode 1.6 (1975) ... Various Roles
- Episode #1.5 (1975) ... Various Roles
- Episode 1.4 (1975) ... Various Roles
- Episode 1.3 (1975) ... Various Roles
- Episode 1.2 (1975) ... Various Roles
 1967 The Plank
Larger Workman
 1967 Sykes Versus ITV (TV Movie)
 1966-1967 The Bruce Forsyth Show (TV Series)
- Episode #2.1 (1967)
- Episode #1.2 (1966)
 1966 Cooperama (TV Series)
Various Roles
- Episode #1.7 (1966) ... Various Roles
- Episode #1.6 (1966) ... Various Roles
- Episode #1.5 (1966) ... Various Roles
- Episode #1.4 (1966) ... Various Roles
- Episode #1.3 (1966) ... Various Roles
 1963 The Cool Mikado
Pooh-Bah, Private Detective
 1963 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series)
Comic Magician
- Episode #16.26 (1963) ... Comic Magician
 1960 And the Same to You
 1959 After Hours (TV Series)
- Episode #2.2 (1959)
 1957 A Santa for Christmas (TV Movie)
 1954 Panto Parade (TV Movie)
Show Show Writer (1 credit)
Show Show Soundtrack (2 credits)
Show Show Self (46 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (32 credits)

Personal Details

Other Works:

He performed in Paul Derval and Michel Gyarmathy's show, "The New 1951 Folies Bergere Revue," at the London Hippodrome in London, England with Maisie Sparks, Joe Latona, Leslie Warren, Freddie Bamberger, Naida, Lili, Cappela & Patricia in the cast. Dick Hurran was director.

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 2 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


6' 4" (1.93 m)

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Personal Quote:

Catchphrase: "Just like that!"


Although his stage and TV act portrayed him as a failed magician whose tricks always went wrong, he was actually an accomplished magician and a member of the Magic Circle. See more »


Would pretend to bumble his way through a magic trick but often managed to pull it off in the end. See more »

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