Alfred Hawthorn Hill (January 21, 1924 â€“ April 20, 1992), better known as Benny Hill, was a prolific English comic, actor & singer, best known for his television programme, The Benny Hill Show. Since its debut in 1955 his television show has been sold to over 140 countries worldwide, with viewership in the billions.
Hill was born in Southampton, where he and his brother attended Taunton School. During the Second World War Hill was one of the scholars evacuated with the school to Bournemouth School, East Way, Bournemouth. After leaving Taunton School, Hill worked variously as a milkman in Eastleigh, bridge operator, driver and drummer, before he finally got a foot in the door of the entertainment industry by becoming an assistant stage manager. For the stage he changed his first name to 'Benny', in homage to his favourite comedian, Jack Benny.
Benny worked compulsively and had only a few friends, although colleagues who knew him closely insist that he was never lonely, but content with his own company. He never married, although he did propose to two women â€” one the daughter of a British writer â€” and was rejected b...
|date of birth||January 21, 1924|
|place of birth||Southampton, England|
|date of death||April 20, 1992|
|place of death||Teddington, England|