(b. Birmingham, 1 April 1904; d. London, 3 Feb. 1950) Comedian who toured Great Britain and Australia in variety for 27 years. Arguably the funniest English comedian since Chaplin, he was unknown in London prior to 1943, when he starred in Strike a New Note. Other shows include Strike It Again (1944), Piccadilly Hayride (1946) and Harvey (1949). The critic Kenneth Tynan described him as the bumpkin droll, a burly man of blunt ways who was, nevertheless, ‘a soul in bliss’, blending mundane observation with a celestial stance.
From The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre in Oxford Reference.