Ladies and Gentlemen, let’s hear it for one of our greatest entertainers – Sir Bruce Forsyth !
We take a look back at the career of a veteran entertainer, a man that has been on our screens since the 1950’s. Sir Bruce Forsyth
Born in 1928 in Edmunton North London. At the age of eight he trained in dance, starting in show business aged just fourteen. His first act was a song, dance and accordion routine called ‘Boy Bruce, The Mighty Atom’ which he performed in his first stage appearance at the Theatre Royal, Bilston.
It was in 1957 tat he got his big break when he appeared with comedian Dickie Henderson. This led to him being offered the job of compere on Val Parnell’s weekly TV variety show, Sunday Night At The London Palladium.
Bruce has had an amazing career to date on both TV and Stage and in Films including a part in Disney’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks. We take a quick tour over his TV career, proof positive that here is a man who has brought laughter to millions.
Bruce kept up a hectic schedule of stage performances during the 60’s and returned to our TV screens in the 1970’s with this…
1976 Muppet Show
In 1978 Bruce left The Generation Game to present Bruce Forsyth’s Big Night on ITV
It lasted one season but remaining with ITV he began the first of three stints hosting Play Your Cards Right running from 1980 -87, 1994 – 99 and 2002 – 03.
in 1986 there was the US gameshow Bruce Forsyth’s Hot Streak and for ITV Thames between 1986-87 Sitcom Slingers Day. In 1989 for ITV the first series of You Bet (sorry no clips could be found), who can forget Bruce’s forfeit as his own waxwork.
Back to the BBC 1990 – 94 to host the return of The Generation Game and one series of game show Takeover Bid.
1995 – 2001 Bruce’s Price is Right
1997 An Audience With Bruce Forsyth
Who can forget that now legendary appearance on Have I Got News For You !
Coming right up to date with Strictly Come Dancing.
In 2011 after a long campaign by both the public and his fellow entertainers it was finally time to arise Sir Bruce Forsyth.
In 2013, Forsyth earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the male TV entertainer having had the longest career, calling it a “wonderful surprise”.
In 2014 after much speculation he announced his retirement from the Srictly Come Dancing live shows, after 10 years and 11 series as host. Giving his reasons in an interview for Radio Times he said “I was beginning to feel a bit stale. It’s an awful thing to feel as a performer, that you’re not enjoying it as much as you should do and you’re not giving as much as you could.”
Christmas 2014 and Bruce is back on the box with Bruce’s Hall of Fame