Sir Norman Wisdom is an English comedian,
singer and actor.
Wisdom created an accident prone "gump" or
fool character called Norman Pitkin, who appeared in
several films, most notably, The Early Bird, His famous
cry as Pitkin was, "Mr Grimsdale! Mr Grimsdale!"
Wisdom is a supporter and a former board member of
Brighton and Hove Albion F.C..
Wisdom was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1999.
During the ceremony he couldn't resist pretending to
trip on his way out, the Queen was apparently greatly
amused by his antics!
Norman Wisdom is a well known and loved cult film
icon in Albania, being the only Western actor whose
films were allowed in the country during the Communist
dictatorship of Enver Hoxha (the archetypal Wisdom
plot -- the common working man getting the better of
his bosses -- was considered ideologically sound by
Hoxha). In 1995, he visited the country where he was,
to his surprise, greeted by many appreciative fans
and the then president of Albania, Sali Berisha.
He announced his retirement from the entertainment
industry on February 4th, 2005 - his 90th birthday.
He intends to spend his retirement spending more time
with his family, playing golf and driving around the
Isle of Man, where he resides.