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Jimmy Logan

(1928—2001) actor and comedian


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(b. Glasgow, 4 April 1928; d. Clydebank, 13 April 2001) Actor, entertainer. He appeared as one of the vaudeville troupe the Logan Family along with his parents and four siblings before becoming the principal stand-up comedian, aged 19, at Glasgow's Metropole, a theatre he later bought but ran without success. He created a series of popular revues, Five Past Eight, in which character observation replaced gags, and was by the mid-1950s a radio and TV star. He had his own Jimmy Logan Show on BBCTV (1957–61). He regularly appeared in pantomime, mostly as the dame, and in ‘straight’ plays such as The Entertainer, Death of a Salesman and Comedians. He was a legend in Scotland and became the repository of its popular theatre history, notably that of his idol Sir Harry Lauder whom he celebrated in a solo show Lauder: The Golden Years. A subsequent show, The Fabulous Fifties, recreated the dying days of Scots variety. Logan's memoir, It's a Funny Life, appeared in 1998.

From The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Theatre.


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