Michael Crawford

Actor, Radio performer, Recording artist
An enormously gifted singer-actor, Michael Crawford became a child star of radio, stage and screen thanks to his soprano voice and innate acting talent. Maturing into a gifted adult performer, he charmed in such films ... Read more »
Born: 01/18/1942 in Wiltshire, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (26)

My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas Eve From the Crystal Cathedral 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

TSO: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

My Favorite Christmas Songs 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Michael Crawford in Concert 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

New Year's Eve in Vegas 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1996 Miss Universe Pageant 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

David Foster's Christmas Album 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Once Upon a Forest 1993 (Movie)

of Cornelius The Badger (Voice)

The 47th Annual Tony Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Story 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 45th Annual Tony Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope Lampoons Show Business 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 44th Annual Tony Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

America's Tribute to Bob Hope 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Condorman 1981 (Movie)

Woody Wilkins (Actor)

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 1971 (Movie)

White Rabbit (Actor)

Hello, Dolly! 1969 (Movie)

Cornelius (Actor)

Hello-Goodbye 1969 (Movie)

Harry England (Actor)

The Games 1969 (Movie)

Harry Hayes (Actor)

How I Won the War 1967 (Movie)

Goodbody (Actor)

The Jokers 1966 (Movie)

Michael (Actor)

The Knack... and How to Get It 1965 (Movie)

Colin (Actor)

The War Lover 1961 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Hunter (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

An enormously gifted singer-actor, Michael Crawford became a child star of radio, stage and screen thanks to his soprano voice and innate acting talent. Maturing into a gifted adult performer, he charmed in such films as "The Knack and How to Get It" (1965), "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" (1966) and "Hello, Dolly!" (1969). Crawford became a sitcom star and household name as the accident-prone Frank Spencer on "Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em" (BBC1, 1973-78), but found even more success as a musical theater actor, winning an Olivier Award in "Barnum" and becoming a worldwide icon as the titular star of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera." An unprecedented global phenomenon, "Phantom" defined an era, earning Crawford another Olivier Award, a Tony and the status of Officer of the British Empire. Buoyed by all the adulation, Crawford launched a Grammy-nominated solo recording career, headlined the Las Vegas musical spectacular "EFX," and filmed his own Emmy-nominated special, "Michael Crawford in Concert" (PBS, 1998). A born performer who only became more likable and charismatic with age, Michael Crawford continued to build upon his status as a beloved international icon and as one of the most respected English entertainers of all time.

Relationships

Emma Crawford

Daughter
born c. 1967

Lucy Crawford

Daughter
born c. 1968

Arthur Dumble-Smith

Father
shot down during WWII and died six months before Crawford's birth

Doris Dumble-Smith

Mother
remarried after Arthur Dumble-Smith's death deceased

Gabrielle Lewis

Wife
married c. 1965 divorced in September 1975

EDUCATION

Oakfield School

left school at age 15

St Michael's College

Bexley

Milestones

2002

Returned to Broadway as the star of "Dance of the Vampires", a musical based on Roman Polanski's film "The Fearless Vampire Killers"; reportedly received a salary of $180,000 per week

1996

Left production of "EFX" after injuring hip (August)

1995

Signed three-year contract to star in "EFX" at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas; production was recorded

1988

Song performer ("The Music of the Night"), guest star on TV special, "America's Tribute to Bob Hope"

1987

Had greatest stage success originating the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" in the West End; repeated performance on Broadway the following year

1981

Played title character in the Cy Coleman musical, "Barnum" in the West End

1979

Starred in London musical, "Flowers for Algernon", based on film "Charley"

1974

Played title character in London musical, "Billy" based on play, "Billy Liar"

1970

Returned to London stage in sex farce, "No Sex Please, We're British"

1967

Broadway debut in the double-bill of Peter Shaffer comedies, "White Lies" and "Black Comedy" at the Barrymore Theater

1965

Major role in feature, "The Knack . . . and How to Get It"

1963

First adult starring role in "Two Left Feet"

1962

Made West End debut in "Come Blow Your Horn" at the Prince of Wales Theater

1962

American TV acting debut, "The Adventures of Sir Francis Drake"

1961

First adult film role in "Two Living One Dead"

1958

Starred in "Soap Box Derby" made by the Children's Film Foundation

1956

Film debut as star of "Blow Your Own Trumpet" for the Children's Film Foundation

Opened foam cushion business with his wife

Had own British TV series, "Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em"

Appeared in the productions "Noye's Fiddle" and Benjamin Britton's "Let's Make an Opera"

Was a choirboy at St Paul's Cathedral

Began career as boy soprano

Performed on TV and in over 500 radio broadcasts as a child

Bonus Trivia

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Received Order of the British Empire.

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