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Also Known As: James Smith Died:
Born: August 15, 1935 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Rothwell, England, GB Profession: actor, singer, comedian, songwriter, radio disc jockey

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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...

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Hunchback, The (1997) Clopin
2.
 Carry on Columbus (1993) Chris Columbus
3.
 Arthur Miller's American Clock (1993) Ted Quinn
4.
 Scandalous (1984) Inspector Anthony Crisp
5.
 Unidentified Flying Oddball, The (1979) Sir Mordred
6.
 Hot Lead and Cold Feet (1978) Eli; Jasper Bloodshy; Wild Billy
7.
 Joseph Andrews (1977) Pediar
8.
 Pete's Dragon (1977) Dr Terminus
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1951:
First stage appearance as comedian; toured in vaudeville throughout England in 1951-52
1954:
Moved into acting in a production of "The Wayward Way"
1957:
Was warm-up comedian for Tommy Steele in "6:05 Special" on British TV
1959:
British TV acting debut, "Lunchtime Show"
1961:
Made first feature appearance, "Raising the Wind"
1963:
Began appearing in the "Carry On . . ." film series
1966:
Wrote hit title song for movie "Georgy Girl"
1969:
Member of the National Theatre Company
1974:
Starred in and directed "Scapino" at Brooklyn Academy of Music; show transferred to Broadway
1977:
Had featured roles in the combined animated/live action "Pete's Dragon" and "Joseph Andrews"
:
Starred on Broadway in the title role of "Barnum!"
1985:
Played The Duke in PBS adaptation of "Huckleberry Finn"
1992:
Had title role in film "Carry on Columbus"
1995:
Starred in all-male version of "Travels With My Aunt" off-Broadway
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Notes

Dale on "Travels With My Aunt": "When I first read the book, I thought what a great role for an actress! Never thought it would be me. But it's been a real challenge to do it without doing it in drag. That would be easy." --in Daily News, May 1, 1995.

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wife:
Patricia Gardiner. Married until her death in 1970.
wife:
Julie Schafler. Shop owner. Married March 24, 1981.

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father:
William Henry Smith. Foundry worker.
mother:
Miriam Jean Smith. Factory worker.
daughter:
Belinda Smith. Died of leukemia.
son:
Murray Smith.
son:
Adam Smith.
son:
Toby Smith.
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