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Also Known As: Michael Patrick Dumble-Smith Died:
Born: January 19, 1942 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Wiltshire, England, GB Profession: actor, radio performer, recording artist

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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...

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Once Upon a Forest (1993) Voice Of Cornelius The Badger
2.
3.
 Condorman (1981) Woody Wilkins
4.
 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1972) White Rabbit
5.
 The Games (1970) Harry Hayes
6.
 Hello--Goodbye (1970) Harry England
7.
 Hello, Dolly! (1969) Cornelius Hackl
8.
 How I Won the War (1967) Goodbody
9.
 The Jokers (1967) Michael Tremayne
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Was a choirboy at St Paul's Cathedral
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Began career as boy soprano
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Performed on TV and in over 500 radio broadcasts as a child
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Appeared in the productions "Noye's Fiddle" and Benjamin Britton's "Let's Make an Opera"
1956:
Film debut as star of "Blow Your Own Trumpet" for the Children's Film Foundation
1958:
Starred in "Soap Box Derby" made by the Children's Film Foundation
1962:
American TV acting debut, "The Adventures of Sir Francis Drake"
1962:
Made West End debut in "Come Blow Your Horn" at the Prince of Wales Theater
1961:
First adult film role in "Two Living One Dead"
1963:
First adult starring role in "Two Left Feet"
1965:
Major role in feature, "The Knack . . . and How to Get It"
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Had own British TV series, "Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em"
1967:
Broadway debut in the double-bill of Peter Shaffer comedies, "White Lies" and "Black Comedy" at the Barrymore Theater
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Opened foam cushion business with his wife
1971:
Returned to London stage in sex farce, "No Sex Please, We're British"
1974:
Played title character in London musical, "Billy" based on play, "Billy Liar"
1979:
Starred in London musical, "Flowers for Algernon", based on film "Charley"
1981:
Played title character in the Cy Coleman musical, "Barnum" in the West End
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
1988:
Song performer ("The Music of the Night"), guest star on TV special, "America's Tribute to Bob Hope"
1995:
Signed three-year contract to star in "EFX" at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas; production was recorded
1996:
Left production of "EFX" after injuring hip (August)
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
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Education

St Michael's College: -
Oakfield School: -

Notes

Received Order of the British Empire.

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wife:
Gabrielle Lewis. Married c. 1965; divorced in September 1975.

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father:
Arthur Dumble-Smith. RAF pilot. Shot down during WWII and died six months before Crawford's birth.
mother:
Doris Dumble-Smith. Remarried after Arthur Dumble-Smith's death; deceased.
daughter:
Emma Crawford. Born c. 1967.
daughter:
Lucy Crawford. Born c. 1968.
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