Comedian and Actor Sir Norman Wisdom has died at the age of 95, his Son has announced. His family announced that he died at Abbotswood Nursing Home on the Isle of Man on Monday evening. He had suffered a series of strokes over the last six months. “He had maintained a degree of independence until a few days ago. However, over the last few days his condition rapidly declined. He was in no pain or distress and peacefully passed over at 18:46 on 4th October”. The family asked for time to grieve a “much loved father and grandfather”.
Sir Norman Wisdom was best known for his superb roles as Norman Pitkin in the 1950’s and 1960’s with his iconic phrase “Mr Grimsdale”. His career however was full of some of the most memorable comic roles of the Twentieth Century.
In Albania Sir Norman was a cult figure as his films were the only Western films allowed to be shown. He always loved to visit and was always keen to play up to his loveable fool image. When asked about his popularity in Albania he quipped, “You see, I’m still big over here. Not anywhere else, but over here. I don’t know why I’m so popular here. They must be raving mad.”
Norman always had some hilarious quotes when being interviewed including the classic, “As you get older three things happen. The first is your memory goes, and I can’t remember the other two.”
We send our own best wishes to the family and we’ll be putting together our own tribute over the coming days. In the meantime, if you want to remember Sir Norman in his most iconic role you can do no better than watching the classic Early Bird and Press For Time DVD’s.