Bob Monkhouse

BirthDay:

01 Jun 1928

BirthPlace:

Beckenham, Kent, England, UK

BirthName:

Robert Alan Monkhouse

Bio:

One of British TV's most popular performers with a career that spanned over four decades, funny-man Bob Monkhouse started off as a radio broadcaster (1947) and stand-up comic. He earned success early on as a gag writer, partnering with Denis Goodwin.

In 1953, the duo won their own TV show called Fast and Loose (1954), which was sketch-comedy based. A nightclub comedian to boot, he also pursued films on occasion appearing in such slapstick dillies as Carry on Sergeant (1958), Dentist in the Chair (1960), Dentist on the Job (1961) and A Weekend with Lulu (1961). But TV would be his prime venue, and he moved quite easily into various parlor game and variety show hosting duties.

For Love or Money (1959) was his first, a Brit version of "Candid Camera". Along the way, he found emceeing chores with The London Palladium Show (1966), The Golden Shot (1967) (which made him a household name), Celebrity Squares (1975) (based on The Hollywood Squares (1965)), Family Fortunes (1980), "The $64,000 Question", Opportunity Knocks (1956), The National Lottery (1994), and many others. Monkhouse died in 2003 of prostate cancer.
Filmography

Actor ( 120 credits )

Too Much TV (2016)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2016)
Wogan: The Best Of (2015)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode)
The Talent Show Story (2012)  Himself (archive footage) (uncredited) (4 episodes, 20
Roy Walker's Gameshow Moments (2009)  Himself (2 episodes, 2009)
Legends (2006)  Joy Beverley (1 episode, 2009)
Behind the Laughter (2003)  Himself - Host (2 episodes, 2003)
The Mark Steel Lectures (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Timeshift (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
V Graham Norton (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Today with Des and Mel (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
The Sketch Show Story (2001)  Himself (unknown episodes)
Aaagh! It's the Mr. Hell Show! (2000)  Mr. Hell (13 episodes, 2001-2002)
Stand Up with Alan Davies (2000)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
Big Bad World (1999)  Ambassador Howard (1 episode, 2001)
TV Nightmares (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
Rex the Runt (1998)  Johnny Saveloy (1 episode, 1998)
Winton's Wonderland (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
Jonathan Creek (1997)  Sylvester Le Fley (1 episode, 1998)
What a Performance! (1997)  Himself - Presenter (8 episodes, 1997-2000)
Funny Women (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 1997)
Heroes of Comedy (1995)  Himself (5 episodes, 1995-1999)
Bob Monkhouse on the Spot (1995)  Himself (12 episodes, 1995-1996)
Room 101 (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 1994)
Reputations (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
Wipeout (1994)  Himself - Host (6 episodes, 1998)
Face to Face (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 1997)
Gagtag (1994)  Himself - Host / ... (14 episodes, 1994-1996)
The National Lottery (1994)  Himself - Presenter (unknown episodes)
Laugh with the Carry Ons (1993) (unknown episodes)
Danny Baker After All (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 1993)
Noel's House Party (1991)  Himself (2 episodes, 1994-1995)
Bob's Your Uncle (1991)  Himself - Host (4 episodes, 1991-1992)
Have I Got News for You (1990)  Himself (2 episodes, 1994-1997)
The Upper Hand (1990)  Ray (1 episode, 1995)
The $64,000 Question (1990)  Himself - Host
Joan Rivers: Can We Talk? (1986) (1 episode, 1986)
Bob's Full House (1984)  Himself - Presenter (13 episodes, 1984-1990)
The Bob Monkhouse Show (1983)  Himself (31 episodes, 1983-1986)
Wogan (1982) (5 episodes, 1984-1988)
Live from Her Majesty's (1982)  Himself (2 episodes, 1983-1986)
Years of Lightning (1981)  Himself (1 episode, 1981)
Out of Order (1981)
Family Fortunes (1980)  Himself - Host (105 episodes, 1980-1983)
Starburst (1980)  Himself (2 episodes, 1982)
Summer Royal (1980) (1 episode, 1980)
Bonkers! (1978)  Himself (20 episodes, 1979)
That's Carry On! (1977) Charlie Sage (archive footage)
Des O'Connor Tonight (1977)  Himself (3 episodes, 1980-1995)
I'm Bob, He's Dickie (1977) (unknown episodes)
The Big Time (1976)  Himself (1 episode, 1976)
Celebrity Squares (1975)  Himself - Host (64 episodes, 1975-1997)
The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show (1974)  Himself (unknown episodes)
Quick on the Draw (1974)  Himself - Host (1974)
Whose Baby? (1973)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 1973)
Saturday Variety (1972)  Himself (2 episodes, 1972)
The David Nixon Show (1972)  Himself - Guest (3 episodes, 1972-1975)
The Bob Monkhouse Show (1972)  Himself / ...
Parkinson (1971)  Himself (3 episodes, 2000-2002)
Simon Simon (1970) Photographer
Looks Familiar (1970)  Himself - Guest / ... (18 episodes, 1972-1982)
This Is Your Life (1969)  Himself (3 episodes, 1982-2003)
Take Three Girls (1969) (1 episode, 1971)
Jokers Wild (1969)  Himself - Team Captain (13 episodes, 1972-1973)
Galton and Simpson Comedy (1969)  George Gosling (1 episode, 1969)
Stars on Sunday (1969)  Himself (2 episodes, 1973-1976)
The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom (1968) Dr. Taylor
Saturday Stars (1968)  Himself (1 episode, 1968)
Will the Real Mike Yarwood Stand Up? (1968)  Himself (1 episode, 1969)
The Golden Shot (1967)  Himself - Host / ... (238 episodes, 1967-1975)
Half Hour Story (1967)  Q.P.Jakes (1 episode, 1967)
Dee Time (1967)  Himself (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
Those Two Fellers (1967)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 1967)
Carnival Time (1967)  Himself - Presenter (13 episodes, 1967)
Omnibus (1967)  Himself (1 episode, 1974)
Thunderbirds Are GO (1966) Space Navigator Brad Newman / Swinging Star Compere (vo
The Informer (1966)  Baretta (1 episode, 1966)
The Blackpool Show (1966)  Himself (2 episodes, 1966-1967)
Late Show London (1966)  Himself (1 episode, 1966)
The London Palladium Show (1966)  Himself - Host / ... (13 episodes, 1966-1967)
The Dickie Valentine Show (1966)  Himself (1 episode, 1966)
The Hollywood Squares (1965)  Himself - Guest Appearance (1 episode, 1975)
Thirty-Minute Theatre (1965)  Jerry Janus / ... (2 episodes, 1965-1966)
Mad Movies (1965)  Himself - Host (17 episodes, 1965)
Blackmail (1965)  John Harper (1 episode, 1966)
Crossroads (1964)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1966)
Theatre 625 (1964)  Solly Gold (1 episode, 1965)
The Big Noise (1964)  Bob Mason (6 episodes, 1964)
The Eamonn Andrews Show (1964)  Himself (6 episodes, 1964-1966)
Blackpool Night Out (1964)  Himself (5 episodes, 1964-1965)
Maid for Murder (1962) Francis Oberon
Comedy Bandbox (1962)  Himself (2 episodes, 1964)
A Weekend with Lulu (1961) Fred Scrutton
Dentist on the Job (1961) David Cookson
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1961)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1962-1964)
Here and Now (1961)  Himself (3 episodes, 1962)
Big Night Out (1961)  Himself (3 episodes, 1964)
Dentist in the Chair (1960) David Cookson
The Dickie Henderson Show (1960) (1 episode, 1963)
Candid Camera (1960)  Himself - Host (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
Laugh Line (1960)  Himself (3 episodes, 1960-1961)
Juke Box Jury (1959)  Himself - Panellist (2 episodes, 1964-1967)
For Love or Money (1959)  Himself - Host (46 episodes, 1959-1960)
Carry On Sergeant (1958) Charlie Sage
Saturday Playhouse (1958)  Paul Jones (1 episode, 1959)
My Pal Bob (1957)  Himself (9 episodes, 1957-1958)
Spectacular (1956)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1958-1960)
Opportunity Knocks (1956)  Himself - Host (6 episodes, 1987-1989)
Val Parnell's Startime (1956)  Himself (13 episodes, 1956-1960)
Do You Trust Your Wife? (1956)  Himself - Host (1 episode, 1956)
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium (1955)  Himself - Host / ... (6 episodes, 1956-1957)
All in Good Fun (1955) Himself - Host
Fast and Loose (1954) (10 episodes, 1954-1955)
Panorama (1953)  Himself: The Affluent Clubs segment (1 episode, 1965)
Why? (1953)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 1953)
Garrison Theatre (1953)  Himself (1 episode, 1953)
Variety Parade (1953)  Himself (1 episode, 1955)
Secret People (1952) Hairdresser
What's My Line (1951)  Himself - Panellist / ... (51 episodes, 1954-1963)
What's My Line? (1950)  Himself - Guest Panelist (1 episode, 1957)
New to You (1947)  Himself (1 episode, 1948)

Writer ( 15 credits )

Behind the Laughter (2003) (2 episodes, 2003)
What a Performance! (1997) (1 episode, 1997)
Bob Monkhouse on the Spot (1995) (12 episodes, 1995-1996)
Bonkers! (1978) (unknown episodes)
I'm Bob, He's Dickie (1977) (unknown episodes)
Marti (1977) (1 episode, 1977)
Saturday Variety (1972) (1 episode, 1972)
The Golden Shot (1967) (1 episode, 1974)
Mad Movies (1965) (creator) (17 episodes, 1965)
The Big Noise (1964) (creator) (6 episodes, 1964)
Dentist on the Job (1961)
Dentist in the Chair (1960) (additional scenes)
My Pal Bob (1957) (unknown episodes)
Spectacular (1956) (1 episode, 1960)
Fast and Loose (1954) (10 episodes, 1954-1955)