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Born: January 19, 1942 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Wiltshire, England, GB Profession: Cast ...
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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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