: My father used to be away for months at a time, and he'd never leave any money for food, so my brother and I had to go out and nick it.
Norman Wisdom became the great British clown very much in the mould of Charles Chaplin with his "little man" in the ill fitting suit and cloth cap. His character is "everyman", much put upon but struggling through to a (usually) happy ending.
He was brought up in an orphanage after his mother died and his father disowned him. He joined the army where he discovered that his performing ability was appreciated.
He joined the army at 14 as a band boy and learnt to play the clarinet, drums and xylophone. He went to India with the army in 1941 and became a comedian by clowning around in camp concerts.
When demobbed he returned home. Over time his talent and his popularity grew resulting in him making his first major film Trouble in Store in 1953 followed by One Good Turn in 1955. Before long he was writing the screenplays for his films - 8 of them including The Square Peg, Follow a Star, A stitch in Time and The Early Bird.
He retired from working on his 90th birthday.