Jim Dale

Actor, Singer, Songwriter
Best known for his stage work in Britain and on Broadway, Jim Dale starred in New York as "Barnum!", the musical about the circus impresario, for two years (1979-81), winning a Tony Award for his efforts. He also racked ... Read more »
Born: 08/14/1935 in Rothwell, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (28)

Carry On Screaming! 2014 (Movie)

Albert Potter (Actor)

Cosby 1997 - 1998, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pushing Daisies 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 51st Annual Tony Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hunchback 1996 (Movie)

Clopin (Actor)

The 49th Annual Tony Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Carry on Columbus 1993 (Movie)

Chris Columbus (Actor)

Lincoln 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Voice

A Broadway Christmas 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual Tony Awards 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Scandalous 1984 (Movie)

Inspector Anthony Crisp (Actor)

Cinderella 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Unidentified Flying Oddball 1979 (Movie)

Sir Mordred (Actor)

Hot Lead and Cold Feet 1978 (Movie)

Eli (Actor)

Joseph Andrews 1977 (Movie)

Pediar (Actor)

Pete's Dragon 1977 (Movie)

Dr Terminus (Actor)

Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World 1973 (Movie)

Jeff (Actor)

The National Health 1973 (Movie)

Barnet (Actor)

Lock Up Your Daughters! 1969 (Movie)

Lusty (Actor)

Carry on Again, Doctor 1968 (Movie)

Dr James Nookey (Actor)

Carry on Doctor 1968 (Movie)

Doctor Kilmore (Actor)

Carry on Cleo 1965 (Movie)

Horsa (Actor)

Carry on Spying 1964 (Movie)

Carstairs (Actor)

Carry On Cabby (Movie)

Small man (Actor)
Music (5)

Conan 2015 (Tv Show)

Performer

Beyond the Lights 2014 (Movie)

("Shelter") (Song)

Charlie Countryman 2013 (Movie)

("Stars") (Song)

Shalako 1968 (Movie)

title song lyrics (Song)

Georgy Girl 1966 (Movie)

("Georgy Girl") (Song)

Biography

Best known for his stage work in Britain and on Broadway, Jim Dale starred in New York as "Barnum!", the musical about the circus impresario, for two years (1979-81), winning a Tony Award for his efforts. He also racked up an Academy Award nomination for writing the title song for the 1966 film "Georgy Girl". Dale trained in acrobatics and ballet as a youth, and made his professional debut while still a teen in Kettering, England, working as a comedian. When he was 19, Dale performed in a production of "The Wayward Way," and when he was 22, made his London debut playing the title role in a production of "The Burglar". In 1974, he traveled to the Brooklyn Academy of Music with the Young Vic Company's production of "The Taming of the Shrew" and remained in Brooklyn to direct, score and star in "Scapino" (1974), which eventually moved across the East River to Broadway. "Barnum!" (which featured Glenn Close as Barnum's wife) followed and, in 1984, Dale toured the US as "The Music Man". He settled in on Broadway again to star with Stockard Channing and Joanna Gleason in the revival of "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg". In 1995, he was Off-Broadway in an all-male version of "Travels With My Aunt". In the latter, Dale was Aunt Augusta, the role Dame Maggie Smith had portrayed in the 1972 film version of the Auntie Mame-ish tale.

Relationships

Adam Smith

Son

Murray Smith

Son

Toby Smith

Son

Patricia Gardiner

Wife

Julie Schafler

Wife

William Smith

Father

Miriam Smith

Mother

Belinda Smith

Daughter
died of leukemia

EDUCATION

studied ballet for six years

Milestones

1995

Starred in all-male version of "Travels With My Aunt" off-Broadway

1992

Had title role in film "Carry on Columbus"

1985

Played The Duke in PBS adaptation of "Huckleberry Finn"

1977

Had featured roles in the combined animated/live action "Pete's Dragon" and "Joseph Andrews"

1974

Starred in and directed "Scapino" at Brooklyn Academy of Music; show transferred to Broadway

1968

Member of the National Theatre Company

1966

Wrote hit title song for movie "Georgy Girl"

1963

Began appearing in the "Carry On . . ." film series

1961

Made first feature appearance, "Raising the Wind"

1959

British TV acting debut, "Lunchtime Show"

1957

Was warm-up comedian for Tommy Steele in "6:05 Special" on British TV

1954

Moved into acting in a production of "The Wayward Way"

1951

First stage appearance as comedian; toured in vaudeville throughout England in 1951-52

Starred on Broadway in the title role of "Barnum!"

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