Eric Sykes

A celebrated figure in British comedy for over a half-century, Eric Sykes was a writer and performer whose brand of gentle but absurd humor first came to flower as a writer for the famed "Goon Show" (BBC, 1951-1960) and ... Read more »
Born: 05/03/1923 in Oldham, Lancashire, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (20)

Son of Rambow 2008 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005 (Movie)

Frank Bryce (Actor)

The Others 2001 (Movie)

Mr Tuttle (Actor)

Splitting Heirs 1993 (Movie)

Jobson The Doorman (Actor)

The Big Freeze 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Return of Sherlock Holmes, Series I 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Absolute Beginners 1986 (Movie)

Salt Beef Man (Actor)

The Boys in Blue 1982 (Movie)

Chief Constable (Actor)

Theatre of Blood 1973 (Movie)

Sergeant Dogge (Actor)

Monte Carlo or Bust! 1969 (Movie)

Perkins (Actor)

Rhubarb 1968 (Movie)

Police Inspector (Actor)

Shalako 1968 (Movie)

Mako (Actor)

The Liquidator 1966 (Movie)

Griffen (Actor)

The Spy With a Cold Nose 1965 (Movie)

Wrigley (Actor)

Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines 1965 (Movie)

Courtney (Actor)

One Way Pendulum 1964 (Movie)

Mr Groomkirby (Actor)

Rotten to the Core 1964 (Movie)

Hunt (Actor)

Heavens Above! 1962 (Movie)

Harry Smith (Actor)

Very Important Person 1962 (Movie)

Willoughby (Actor)

Gormenghast (TV Show)

Actor
Director (2)

The Big Freeze 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Rhubarb 1968 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (1)

The Big Freeze 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

A celebrated figure in British comedy for over a half-century, Eric Sykes was a writer and performer whose brand of gentle but absurd humor first came to flower as a writer for the famed "Goon Show" (BBC, 1951-1960) and later as the star of his own sitcom, "Sykes and A " (BBC, 1960-65). The latter program showcased Sykes' knack for crafting exceptionally funny shows out of the simplest of storylines, many of which centered on his interest in a new gadget or a half-baked idea. Longtime co-star Hattie Jacques, who played Sykes' sister in the series and its revival, "Sykes" (BBC, 1972-79), added to the mayhem by loudly proclaiming his ineptitude, which he combated with unflappable optimism. Sykes also directed several well-received short films, most notably the slapstick comedy "The Plank" (1967), and toured in numerous stage productions like the improvisational comedy "Big Bad Mouse." But it was television that remained his primary showcase for his talents until the early 21st century, when he began appearing in high-profile features like "The Others" (2001) and "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2005). Though age and illness hampered his ability to work with regularity, Sykes continued to play affable types well into his eighth decade before his death in 2012. The outpouring of affectionate tributes that followed his passing underscored his status as one of the U.K.'s most beloved comic figures.

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