Aug. 15th, 1935
Rothwell, Northants, England, UK
Jim Dale's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1978 - Hot Lead and Cold Feet
1977 - Pete's Dragon
1977 - Joseph Andrews
1973 - Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World
1969 - Carry On Again Doctor
1967 - Follow That Camel
1967 - The Plank
1967 - Carry On Doctor
1966 - Carry On Screaming!
1966 - Carry On Don't Lose Your Head
1966 - Carry On Cowboy
1964 - Carry On Cleo
1964 - Carry On Spying
1963 - Carry On Jack
1963 - Carry On Cabby
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Host
Robert Alan Waits
Jim Dale began his career as a stand-up comic. He sharpened his comedy skills during a stint in the army, where he organized and performed in camp shows. After his discharge he pursued a comedy career, and landed a job as the warm-up comic on a musical variety show. He did so well that the producers gave him a spot on the show as a singer, and he quickly became a recording star. He was signed for a small part in one of the "Carry On" films, Carry on Cabby (1963), but the audience reaction to him was so great the he was soon made a regular member of the cast. Unlike many comics, Dale insisted on performing his own stunts, and in fact injured his arm performing a stunt in Carry on Again Doctor (1969), his last film of the series until 1992.
After his departure from the series he returned to the stage, notably in Sir Laurence Olivier's National Theater. In the 1970s Dale moved to the US for film and stage work, achieving success in the Broadway show "Barnum" and in a string of film comedies for Disney.
He returned to Britain in 1992 for an appearance in the final "Carry On" film, Carry on Columbus (1992).
- Won the 1980 Tony Award for Actor in a Musical for "Barnum". Nominated three times for the Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Drama: "Scapino" in 1975, "Joe Egg" in 1985 and "Candide" in 1997. Nominated for the 2006 Tony Award for Supporting or Features Actor in a Musical for "Three Penny Opera".
- Father of 'Adam Dale (I)' (qv), who is an aerial cameraman.
- (2005) Now aged 69, he provides the US narration of the Harry Potter series of audiobooks.
- He was awarded the M.B.E. (Member of the order of the British Empire) in the 2003 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to British Children's Literature in America.
- Good friend of fellow "Carry On..." star 'Peter Gilmore (I)' (qv).
- He was considered for the role of the Doctor in the popular BBC series _"Doctor Who" (1963)_ (qv), after the departure of 'Jon Pertwee' (qv) in 1974.
- Performs the unabridged Harry Potter audio books and is cited twice in the Guinness Book of World Records for creating the most character voices in an audiobook (more than 200) and for voicing the first six "Top Ten" selling audiobooks of all time. He also has won a record nine "Audie" awards.
- Father of 'Toby Dale' (qv)
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