22 Facts About Sir Ken Dodd

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

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2. Sir 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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3. Sir Ken Dodd said that one of his biggest regrets in life was that he never had children.

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4. In 2016, Sir 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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5. Sir 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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6. Sir 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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7. Sir Ken Dodd was inducted into the exclusive show business fraternity, the Grand Order of Water Rats.

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

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

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10. Sir 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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11. Sir Ken Dodd described Dodd as "a fantasist stamped with lifelong eccentricities.

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12. Sir 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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13. Sir 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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14. Sir Ken Dodd said the secret of his success was simply, "I love what I do".

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15. Sir 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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16. Sir 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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17. Sir 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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18. Sir Ken Dodd started entertaining at the local orphanage, then at various other local community functions.

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19. Sir 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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20. Sir Ken Dodd was knighted in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to entertainment and charity.

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

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22. Sir Ken Dodd had several hit singles primarily as a ballad singer in the 1960s, and occasionally appeared in dramatic roles.

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