Bruce Forsyth, one of Britain’s greatest ever TV personalities, celebrates his 80th birthday…
A perfect time to remind yourself of Bruce’s background and illustrious career…
Full Name: Bruce Joseph Forsyth
Image: Tap-dancing entertainer and showman
Birth Date: February 22, 1928
Best Known For: His string of catchphrases, twinkle-toed dancing skills and self-deprecating strong man pose.
Early Life: Brucie was born in in Edmonton, north London, into a Salvation Army family who owned a local garage. He attended The Latymer School in his home town and started in showbusiness aged 14, with a song, dance, and ukulele act called Boy Bruce, The Mighty Atom.
He made his television debut in 1939 singing and dancing on a talent show and then spent many years performing on stage, searching for fame.
His big break came when he was spotted on TV with the comedian Dickie Henderson and offered the job of compere for Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium in September 1958.
Career High: He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2006 New Year’s Honours list.
Love Life: Since 1979 Bruce has been married to the 1975 Miss World, Wilnelia Merced, who is 30 years his junior. Before that, from 1973-1979 he was married to Anthea Redfern, a hostess on The Generation Game and from 1953-1973 he was married to Penny Calvert with whom he had three children.
Don’t Mention: He was the subject of a satirical attack by Peter Cook on the 1978 Derek and Clive album Ad Nauseam, entitled Brucie.
Words Of Wisdom: “Nice to see you, to see you, nice!” “Let’s dance!”