31 Facts About Anthony Newley


Anthony Newley was an English actor, singer, songwriter, and filmmaker.


Anthony Newley's songs have been performed by a wide variety of artists including Fiona Apple, Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand, Michael Buble and Mariah Carey.


Anthony Newley collaborated with John Barry on the title song for the James Bond film Goldfinger, sung by Shirely Bassey.


Anthony Newley was born on 24 September 1931 in the London district of Hackney to Frances Grace Anthony Newley, and George Kirby, who were not married and separated soon after his birth.


Anthony Newley attended Clapton Park Lower School, now named Mandeville Primary School, which today recognises him as an alumnus with an official plaque.


Anthony Newley starred in the 1958 film No Time to Die.


Anthony Newley was cast as a rock singer called up for national service in a story which was somewhat inspired by Elvis Presley, who had recently been drafted for army service in the United States.


The ATV series The Strange World of Gurney Slade starred Anthony Newley, who was its creator.


Anthony Newley released a successful rendition of "Strawberry Fair", featuring his trademark cockney accent.


Anthony Newley's compositions have been recorded by artists as diverse as Harry Connick, Jr.


Anthony Newley hosted Lucille Ball's character on a whirlwind tour of London in Lucy in London.


Anthony Newley directed the 1971 film Summertree, starring Michael Douglas and Brenda Vaccaro.


Anthony Newley appeared as Quilp in Mister Quilp, for which he composed some songs.


Anthony Newley wrote and recorded a novelty Christmas song called "Santa Claus is Elvis", and recorded an album of spoken poetry.


Anthony Newley "was among the top five cabaret acts in America for some years", but gradually his career had begun to flounder.


Anthony Newley had taken risks that eventually led to his downfall in Hollywood.


Anthony Newley briefly appeared on Late Night with David Letterman to sing the theme to "Viewer Mail".


Anthony Newley was featured as the Mad Hatter in Irwin Allen's all-star television adaptation of Alice in Wonderland.


Anthony Newley enjoyed his final popular success onstage starring in the latter musical, which showed in London and toured British cities including Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester, in the 1990s.


In 1996, Anthony Newley "made a rare nightclub appearance in New York at Rainbow and Stars, where the emotive force of his singing was undiminished".


At the time of his death, Anthony Newley had been working on a musical of Shakespeare's Richard III.


Anthony Newley died of renal cancer at the age of 67, soon after he had become a grandfather.


In recognition of his creative skills and body of work, Anthony Newley was elected to the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1989.


Anthony Newley was married three times; firstly, to Ann Lynn with whom he had one son, Simon, who died in infancy from a congenital infirmity.


Anthony Newley died on 14 April 1999, in Jensen Beach, Florida, from renal cancer at the age of 67.


Anthony Newley had first been diagnosed with cancer in 1985, and it returned in 1997 and spread to his lungs and liver.


Anthony Newley was said to have died in the arms of his companion, the designer Gina Fratini.


Anthony Newley was survived by his five children, a granddaughter Miel, and his mother Grace, then aged 96.


Anthony Newley's life is the subject of a biography by Garth Bardsley called Stop the World.


In May 2010, Stage Door Records released a compilation of unreleased Anthony Newley recordings entitled Anthony Newley Discovered.


Anthony Newley was an early influence on the rock musician David Bowie, who was a fan of his.