35 Facts About Ken Dodd

1. Ken Dodd was patron of Shakespeare North, a replica of an Elizabethan playhouse being built in in Prescot, Merseyside.

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2. Ken Dodd had a 22-year relationship with Anita Boutin until she died of a brain tumour in 1977 at the age of 45.

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3. Ken Dodd appeared on Celebrity Mastermind himself in 2014 and his specialist subject was theatre variety comedians since 1950.

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4. At the age of 7, Ken Dodd was dared by his school friends to ride his bike with his eyes shut.

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5. Ken Dodd was "most famous for his longevity—the length of his career, the 42-week span of his record-breaking run at the London Palladium in 1965, but for the duration of his performances", says The Guardian.

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6. Ken Dodd was chosen to perform the song on A Jubilee Of Music, a celebration of the key pop successes of the Queen's first 25 years as Britain's monarch, screened on BBC One on 31 December 1976.

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7. Ken Dodd was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1982 New Year Honors and he was knighted in 2017 New Year Honors for his services to entertainment and charity.

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8. Ken Dodd was born on November 8, 1927 in Liverpool, Lancashire to Arthur Dodd and Sarah.

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9. Ken Dodd earned most of his money by selling millions of records worldwide.

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10. Ken Dodd died aged 90 in March 2018 at his home, after being hospitalised with a chest infection for six weeks.

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11. Ken Dodd was awarded a Doctorate of Letters at Liverpool Hope University in 2010 during the university's Foundation Day celebrations.

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12. Ken Dodd was made an honorary fellow of Liverpool John Moores University in 1997.

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13. Ken Dodd was made a Freeman of the City of Liverpool in 2001.

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14. Ken Dodd was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 1982 New Year Honours for services to show business and charity and was knighted in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to entertainment and charity.

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15. Ken Dodd described Dodd as "a fantasist stamped with lifelong eccentricities.

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16. Ken Dodd said the secret of his success was simply, "I love what I do".

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17. Ken Dodd said that his comic influences included other Liverpool comedians like Arthur Askey, Robb Wilton, Tommy Handley and the "cheeky chappy" from Brighton, Max Miller.

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18. Ken Dodd gained his big break at age 26 when, in September 1954, he made his professional show-business debut as Professor Yaffle Chucklebutty, Operatic Tenor and Sausage Knotter at the Nottingham Empire.

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19. Ken Dodd started entertaining at the local orphanage, then at various other local community functions.

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20. Ken Dodd went to the Knotty Ash School, and sang in the local church choir of St John's Church, Knotty Ash.

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21. Ken Dodd was knighted in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to entertainment and charity.

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22. Ken Dodd performed on radio and television, and popularised the characters of the Diddy Men.

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23. Ken Dodd appeared in many other programmes, as an actor, performer, or as himself.

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24. Ken Dodd had numerous television shows and specials over 60 years, including:.

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25. Ken Dodd died on 11 March 2018 at his home in Knotty Ash, the same home in which he was born and raised, aged 90 after recently being hospitalised for six weeks with a chest infection.

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26. Ken Dodd married Jones on 9 March 2018, two days before his death.

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27. In 1955, Ken Dodd began a 22-year relationship with Anita Boutin; they were engaged at the time of her death from a brain tumour in 1977, at the age of 45.

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28. In 2016, Ken Dodd was awarded the Aardman Slapstick Comedy Legend Award, a recognition of his lifetime's contribution to the world of comedy.

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29. Ken Dodd was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of Chester at a graduation ceremony in 2009 in Chester Cathedral.

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30. Ken Dodd was inducted into the exclusive show business fraternity, the Grand Order of Water Rats.

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31. Ken Dodd was represented by George Carman QC, who in court quipped, "Some accountants are comedians, but comedians are never accountants".

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32. Ken Dodd was selected to perform the song on A Jubilee of Music on BBC One on 31 December 1976, a celebration of the key pop successes of the Queen's first 25 years as Britain's monarch.

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33. Ken Dodd was renowned for the length of his performances, and during the 1960s he earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records for the world's longest ever joke-telling session: 1,500 jokes in three-and-a-half hours, undertaken at the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool, where audiences entered the show in shifts.

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34. Ken Dodd worked mainly as a solo comedian, including in a number of eponymous television and radio shows and made several appearances on BBC TV's music hall revival show, The Good Old Days.

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35. Ken Dodd was described as "the last great music hall entertainer".

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