Forsyth in 2006
Bruce Joseph Forsyth
22 February 1928
|Died||18 August 2017 (aged 89)|
|Resting place||London Palladium|
|Other names||Boy Bruce, the Mighty Atom, Brucey, Brucie, Sir Brucey, Sir Brucie, Bruce Forsyth-Johnson, Sir Bruce Forsyth, Bruce Forsyth, Bruce|
|Relatives||Joseph Forsyth Johnson|
|Service/||Royal Air Force|
|Years of service||1947–1949|
Sir Bruce Joseph Forsyth-Johnson ITV series Sunday Night at the London Palladium. He went on to host several game shows, including The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right, The Price Is Right and You Bet!. He co-presented Strictly Come Dancing from 2004 to 2013. In 2012, Guinness World Records recognised Forsyth as having the longest television career for a male entertainer.(22 February 1928 – 18 August 2017) was an English presenter and entertainer whose career spanned more than 70 years. Forsyth came to national attention from the mid-1950s through the
Forsyth was born on Victoria Road in Edmonton, Middlesex (today part of the London Borough of Enfield) on 22 February 1928, the son of Florence Ada (née Pocknell) and John Thomas Forsyth-Johnson. His family owned a car repair garage, and as members of the Salvation Army, his parents played brass instruments and his mother was a singer.
His great-grandfather Joseph Forsyth Johnson (1840–1906) was a landscape architect who worked in multiple countries, and great-great-great-great-grandfather William Forsyth (1737–1804) was a founder of the Royal Horticultural Society and the namesake of the plant genus Forsythia.
Following the outbreak of the Second World War, Forsyth was evacuated to Clacton-on-Sea. Shortly after he arrived, Forsyth's parents allowed him to return to London as a result of him feeling home sick. In 1943, Forsyth's older brother John, who served as a pilot in the Royal Air Force, was killed during a training exercise at RAF Turnberry. Forsyth attended the Latymer School. After watching Fred Astaire in films at age eight, he trained in dance in Tottenham and then Brixton.
Boy Bruce, the Mighty Atom
Forsyth started his live public performances aged 14, with a song, dance and accordion act called "Boy Bruce, the Mighty Atom". His first appearance was at the Theatre Royal in Bilston, with The Great Marzo at the top of the bill. He had made his television debut in 1939 as a child, singing and dancing on BBC talent show Come and Be Televised, broadcast from Radiolympia, and introduced by Jasmine Bligh.
After the war, with the goal of joining Moss Empires theatres, he spent years on stage with little success and travelled the UK working seven days a week, doing summer seasons, pantomimes and circuses, where he became renowned for his strong-man act. His act was interrupted by call-up papers for National Service when he was conscripted into the Royal Air Force.
In 1958, an appearance with the comedian Dickie Henderson led to his being offered the job of compère of Val Parnell's weekly TV variety show, Sunday Night at the London Palladium. He hosted the show for two years, followed by a year's break, then returned for another year. His schedule of stage performances, which continued throughout the 1960s, forced him to give up the job of host.
Forsyth appeared in the London production of Little Me, along with Avril Angers in 1964. In the musical film Star! (1968), a biopic of stage actress Gertrude Lawrence, he played alongside lead performer Julie Andrews as Lawrence's father.
In January 1968 Pye Records issued as a single "I'm Backing Britain", supporting the campaign of the same name, written by Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent, and sung by Forsyth. The chorus included "The feeling is growing, so let's keep it going, the good times are blowing our way". All involved in making the single took cuts in their fees or royalties so that the single sold for 5s. instead of the going rate of 7s. 4½d. Forsyth happily endorsed the campaign, saying "The country has always done its best when it is up against the wall. If everyone realises what we are up against we can get out of trouble easily." The song did not make the charts, selling only 7,319 copies.
On 7 October 1968, he was top of the bill on the opening night of the Golden Garter nightclub, Wythenshawe. Two years later, he played Swinburne in the Disney fantasy film Bedknobs and Broomsticks. In 1976, he appeared on The Muppet Show, where he took on the famous duo of Statler and Waldorf.
Game show host
During his spell of hosting Sunday Night at the London Palladium as part of the show he hosted the 15-minute game show Beat the Clock. Forsyth's next success was The Generation Game (BBC1, 1971–1977, 1990–1994), which proved popular and attracted huge Saturday evening audiences. It was on this show that Forsyth introduced his "The Thinker" pose, emulating Rodin's sculpture, appearing in silhouette each week after the opening titles. This pose is reminiscent of the circus strong-man attitude. He also wrote and sang the theme for the show "Life is the Name of the Game." Millions of viewers became familiar with the rasp of Forsyth's north London accented voice and his "distinctively pointy" chin that he emphasised in poses such as the "human question mark", with chin over raised knee. He was replaced on The Generation Game by Larry Grayson.
In 1977 he announced that he was leaving television to take the star role in a new musical, The Travelling Music Show, based on the songs of Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse. The show did reasonably well in provincial theatre, but got bad reviews when it moved to London and closed after four months in July 1978.
London Weekend Television persuaded him to return to the screen later that year to present Bruce Forsyth's Big Night, a two-hour Saturday-night show on ITV encompassing a variety of different entertainment formats (later reduced to 90 minutes). However, the show was not a success and lasted for just one series. Forsyth remained with ITV, hosting the game show Play Your Cards Right, which was the UK version of the US original Card Sharks, from 1980 to 1987, 1994 to 1999, and a brief period from 2002 to 2003, before the show was cancelled mid-run due to low ratings.
In 1986, he went to the United States to host a game show on ABC, Bruce Forsyth's Hot Streak, which ran for 65 episodes from January to April that year. Forsyth starred in the Thames Television sitcom Slinger's Day in 1986 and 1987, a sequel to Tripper's Day which had starred Leonard Rossiter, whom Forsyth replaced in the new show. He was the original host of You Bet! (1988 to 1990), before the show reached mainstream success under the stewardship of Matthew Kelly.
Forsyth fronted the third version of The Price Is Right (1995 to 2001). His unsuccessful gameshows include Takeover Bid (1990 to 1991), Hollywood Or Bust (1984), and Didn't They Do Well! (2004). During the 1970s Forsyth featured in the Stork margarine adverts on television, and then during the 1980s and 1990s he appeared in an advertising campaign for the furniture retailer Courts, in which he dressed as a judge.
Forsyth celebrated his 70th birthday in 1998 and appeared in a week-long run of his one-man show at the London Palladium. In 2000, Forsyth hosted a revived series called Tonight at the London Palladium.
In 2003, and again in 2010, Forsyth was a guest presenter on the news and satire quiz show Have I Got News for You. Forsyth had called Paul Merton, one of the team captains on the show, to suggest himself as a guest presenter. During the first of these appearances, he presented a parody of his Play Your Cards Right format entitled Play Your Iraqi Cards Right. He co-presented Strictly Come Dancing from 2004 to 2013, formally stepping down from hosting the regular live show in April 2014. This decision was made to reduce his workload and for the preparation of pre-recorded specials.
On 7 April 2010, Forsyth became one of the first three celebrities to be subjected to the British version of the American institution of a comedy roast, on Channel 4's A Comedy Roast. Forsyth was the subject of the BBC genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are?, broadcast on 19 July 2010. On 20 March 2010, Forsyth appeared on the autobiography-interview programme Piers Morgan's Life Stories, which was broadcast on ITV.
In 2011, Forsyth released a collection of songs on CD called These Are My Favourites. He chose the songs for their personal and musical importance, including a duet with his granddaughter, Sophie Purdie. These Are My Favourites also includes a recording of "Paper Moon" with Nat King Cole.
Tributes and honours
Forsyth's showbiz awards include Variety Club Show Business Personality of the Year in 1975; TV Times Male TV Personality of the Year, in 1975, 1976, 1977 and 1978; and BBC TV Personality of the Year in 1991.
In 1987, a fan club was created – the Great Bruce Forsyth Social Club. They would later go on to assist Forsyth in singing his opening number, "It's Never Too Late", at his Audience With show. He repaid this favour by adding the society to his busy schedule in June 1997 and appeared at their 10th annual general meeting in Plymouth.
On 27 February 2005, the BBC screened A BAFTA Tribute to Bruce Forsyth to mark the entertainer's 60 years in show business. He had a bronze bust of himself unveiled at the London Palladium in May 2005. The sculpture was created by his son-in-law and is on display in the theatre's Cinderella Bar.
In 2008, Forsyth received the BAFTA Fellowship. In 2009, he was awarded the Theatre Performer's Award at the annual Carl Alan Awards. Hosted by the International Dance Teachers' Association, the awards are voted for by the leading dance organisations in the United Kingdom and recognise those who have made an exceptional contribution to the world of dance and theatre.
Forsyth was made a Knight Bachelor in the 2011 Birthday Honours for services to entertainment and charity. This followed a years-long public campaign to award him a knighthood. His investiture, by the Queen, took place on 12 October 2011 and he became Sir Bruce Forsyth CBE.
Forsyth earned a place in the 2013 Guinness Book of World Records as the male TV entertainer having had the longest career, calling it a "wonderful surprise". He also appeared at the 2013 Glastonbury Festival on the Avalon stage, becoming the oldest performer to ever play at the festival. In 2018 the NTA's honoured the memory of Sir Bruce by naming an NTA award after him.
Forsyth was married to Penny Calvert from 1953 until their divorce in 1973, with whom he had three daughters named Debbie, Julie, and Laura. In 1973, he married Anthea Redfern, the hostess on The Generation Game. They had two daughters, Charlotte and Louisa, before divorcing in 1979. Asked to judge the 1980 Miss World competition, Forsyth met Puerto Rican beauty queen Wilnelia Merced, who was a fellow judge. They were married from 1983 until his death in 2017. They had one son together, Jonathan Joseph, better known as "JJ". By his six children, Forsyth had nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
In August 2014, Forsyth was one of 200 public figures who signed a letter to The Guardian expressing their hope that Scotland would vote to remain part of the United Kingdom in September's referendum on that issue.
Illness and death
Towards the end of his life, Forsyth suffered from ill health, which reduced his appearances in public. On 8 October 2015, he was admitted to hospital for cuts and minor concussion after tripping over a rug at his home and hitting his head. A month later, he made his last full TV appearance on Strictly Children in Need Special, with filming for this taking place prior to him undergoing surgery for an abdominal aortic aneurysm on 12 November. As a result of his surgery, Forsyth was unable to host that year's Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special as planned, but a spokesman representing him later stated he would play a part in the production, recording a special video message for it.
After 2015, Forsyth made no further public appearances, as his health began to decline, with his wife commenting that he struggled to move easily following his surgery. On 26 February 2017, he was again admitted to hospital with a severe chest infection and spent five days in intensive care, before returning home on 3 March 2017.
On 18 August 2017, Forsyth died of bronchial pneumonia at his Wentworth Estate home in Virginia Water, aged 89. Several celebrities paid tribute to Forsyth following his death, including his former Strictly Come Dancing co-host Tess Daly; his friends Michael Parkinson, Jimmy Tarbuck, and Des O'Connor, the BBC director general Tony Hall and the then Prime Minister, Theresa May. BBC One aired Sir Bruce Forsyth – Mr Entertainment, in place of the scheduled The One Show, in tribute. Forsyth was cremated on 5 September 2017 in a private ceremony attended only by close family and friends. A few days later, on 9 September 2017, when that year's series of Strictly Come Dancing began, it paid tribute to Forsyth with a special ballroom dance routine from their professional dancers. On 14 December 2017, the BBC announced that it would produce a tribute show to Forsyth at the London Palladium on 21 February 2018. Hosted by Tess Daly, Sir Bruce: A Celebration was broadcast on BBC One on 11 March 2018. On 18 August 2018, exactly a year after he died, Forsyth's ashes were laid to rest beneath the stage in a private ceremony at the London Palladium.
Film and television
|1958–1964||Sunday Night at the London Palladium||Host||TV Series|
|1961||The Royal Variety Performance||Host||TV Series|
|1965–1973||The Bruce Forsyth Show||Host||TV Series|
|Frankie and Bruce||Co-star||TV movie documentary|
|1969||Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?||Uncle Limelight||Film|
|1969||Red Peppers||George Pepper||TV movie|
|1971||Bedknobs and Broomsticks||Swinburne, Bookman's henchman||Film|
|1971||The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins||Clayton||Film|
|The Generation Game||Host||TV Series|
|1971||The Royal Variety Performance||Host||TV Series|
|1973||The Good Old Days||Guest star||TV Series|
|1974||Bruce Forsyth Meets Lulu||Host||TV movie|
|1976||The Mating Season||Bruce Gillespie||TV Series|
|1976||The Muppet Show||Guest star||TV Series|
|1978||Bruce Forsyth's Big Night||Host||TV Series|
|1980||Sammy and Bruce||Co-star||TV movie|
|Play Your Cards Right||Host||TV Series|
|1983||Anna Pavlova||Alfred Batt||TV Series|
|1984||Hollywood or Bust||Host||TV Series|
|1986||Bruce Forsyth's Hot Streak||Host||TV Series|
|1986||Magnum, P.I.||Lottery Host||TV Series|
Episode: "A Little Bit of Luck...A Little Bit of Grief"
|1986–1987||Slinger's Day||Slinger||TV Series|
|1988||The Royal Variety Performance||Co-host with Ronnie Corbett||TV Series|
|1988||Bruce and Ronnie||Co-star||TV Series|
|1988–1990||You Bet!||Host||TV Series|
|1990||Takeover Bid||Host||TV Series|
|1992–1993||Bruce's Guest Night||Host||TV Series|
|1992||Fiddly Foodle Bird||Narrator||TV Series|
|1995–2001||Bruce's Price Is Right||Host||TV Series|
|1997||An Audience with Bruce Forsyth||Host||TV Special|
|2000||House!||Himself||Film, (final film role)|
|2000||Tonight at the London Palladium||Host||TV Series|
|2003, 2010||Have I Got News for You||Guest Host||TV Series|
|2004||Didn't They Do Well||Host||TV Series|
|2004–2013, 2014, 2015||Strictly Come Dancing[note 1]||Co-host with Tess Daly||TV Series|
|2010||Who Do You Think You Are?||Guest||TV Series documentary|
|2011||The Rob Brydon Show||Guest||TV Series|
|2012||National Television Awards||Guest (With Ant & Dec)||TV Special|
|2013||Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (Little Ant & Dec segment)||Guest||TV Series|
|2013||When Miranda Met Bruce||Guest star||TV Special|
|2014||Perspectives: Bruce Forsyth on Sammy Davis Jr||Host||TV Series documentary|
|2014||Bruce's Hall of Fame||Host||TV movie|
|1958–2004||One-man show which had various titles||Himself||Intermittently toured UK|
|1962||Every Night at the Palladium||Himself||Starred with Morecambe and Wise in a season at the London Palladium|
|1964||Little Me||Various Characters||A 334 performance season at the Cambridge Theatre|
|1978||The Traveling Music Show||Fred Limelight||A four-month season at Her Majesty's Theatre, before touring the UK|
|1979||Bruce Forsyth on Broadway||Himself||A five performance season of his one-man show at the Winter Garden Theatre from 12–17 June|
|2012–2015||Bruce Forsyth Entertains||Himself||Toured the UK|
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|The Musical Side of Bruce||
|Both Sides of Bruce (Live)||
|Come Get It!||
|These Are My Favourites||
- 1959, "Excerpts from The Desert Song (No.2)", with June Bronhill, Edmund Hockridge, Inia Te Wiata, The Williams Singers, Michael Collins and His Orchestra (7" EP), His Master's Voice: 7EG 8676
- 1960, "I'm a Good Boy", Parlophone
- 1960, "I'm in Charge" (7"), Parlophone: 45-R 4535
- 1962, "The Oh-Be-Joyfuls (7"), Piccadilly: 7N.35086
- 1964, "Real Live Girl" (7"), Pye: 7N.15744
- 1964, "Saturday Sunshine" (7"), Piccadilly: 7N.35169
- 1964, "The Mysterious People" (7"), Piccadilly: 1189
- 1965, "Real Live Girl" (7"), Blue Cat: BC 105
- 1968, "I'm Backing Britain" / "There's Not Enough Love in the World", Pye
- 1973, "Didn't He Do Well?" (7"), Philips: 6006 285
- 1978, "Love Medley", with Valerie Walsh (7), CBS: S CBS 6469
In popular culture
Neopets, a virtual pet website, had a collectible character which was originally a direct representation of Forsyth himself. The pet was later renamed to just "Bruce" and his appearance changed to that of a penguin to better fit with the other pets on the platform. Despite the change, the pet retained Forsyth's iconic bowtie.
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| Host of The Generation Game
| Host of You Bet!
| Host of The Generation Game
| Host of The Generation Game
Mel Giedroyc & Sue Perkins
| Host of The Price is Right
| Host of Strictly Come Dancing