Entertainer Max Bygraves dies

2012-09-01 18:20

London - British entertainer Max Bygraves, known for his old fashioned charm and as the writer of a string of comic songs, has died. He was 89.

Agent Johnny Mans said on Saturday that Bygraves, who had suffered from Alzheimer's disease, died at his daughter's home in Queensland, Australia.

Bygraves won fame in Britain's music halls and theatres from the 1940s as a comedian and singer, and went on to star in a series of films and television shows.

Famed for his catchphrase "I wanna tell you a story," the performer's career spanned five decades and saw him also win acclaim in the United States, where he toured in the 1950s, appearing alongside Judy Garland at New York's Palace Theatre.

Bygraves emigrated from Britain to Australia in 2005.


  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-09-01 18:48

    Now that's sad - sad to see another great entertainer depart for the great audience in the sky. Fings ain't wot they used t'be. RIP.

  • teddy.beer.319 - 2012-09-01 19:27

    RIP 'By Graves'. Will surely be missed.

  • des.cider - 2012-09-01 21:00

    I remember his personality (I met him a few times) and his unique comedy and we will miss him. Condolences to his family..

  • jo.vankatwijk - 2012-09-02 08:07

    When it's Spring again I'll bring again Tulips from Amsterdam With a heart thats true I'll give to you Tulips from Amsterdam R.I.P Max

  • colin.dovey - 2012-09-02 08:40

    What a REALLY great guy! We saw him in Rhodesia in the 60's and twice in Jhb - he will be sorely missed!

  • judith.taylor.56 - 2012-09-02 10:53

    I'm a pink toothbrush, you're a blue toothbrush - remember him well from radio as a child!

  • wendy.webb.980 - 2012-09-02 11:44

    He was married in 1942. His wife died in 2011. That was an exceptionally long marriage by any standards, not just showbiz standards!

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