On This Day…
26th April 1976
Sid James Died
Comedy actor. Born in Johannesburg (on Hancock Street), South Africa, to a pair of British music hall performers and brought up in both South Africa and England. Worked as a diamond sorter and then a hairdresser. Became a performer and served with an entertainment unit in WW2. Went on to fame in Carry On films, and various TV shows including a very successful, but short, partnership with Tony Hancock. On an opening night at the Empire Theatre, Sunderland, he collapsed on stage and was pronounced dead at hospital.
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