Bob Monkhouse

Bob Monkhouse

Highest Rated: 57% Thunderbirds Are Go (1966)

Lowest Rated: 57% Thunderbirds Are Go (1966)

Birthday: Jun 1, 1928

Birthplace: Beckenham, Kent, England, UK

Bob Monkhouse was a British comedian, actor, and celebrity, arguably best remembered as the host of a number of popular game shows like "Celebrity Squares," "Family Fortunes," and "The Golden Shot." His career kick-started in post-World War II Britain working in radio with Denis Goodwin on a show called "Calling All Forces." It was during this time that Monkhouse wrote material for visiting comedians, including his hero Bob Hope. Although his passion was for stand-up comedy and nightclub performances, in the 1950s he hosted a number of variety shows for television, such as "Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the Library Palladium" and the English version of game show "What's My Line?, to name just a few. One of his major successes was hosting "The Golden Shot" game show in the late 1960s, although scandal rocked the program and Monkhouse in 1972 when he was accused of having taken a bribe, resulting in his termination. Another scandal hit him in the late 1970s when he was accused of importing a film illegally into the country for his private movie collection. In 1983, he hosted his own talk show, "The Bob Monkhouse Show," which aired for three years. As the alternative comedy boom hit big in the 1980s, older comedians were routinely shoved aside for being old fashioned, but Monkhouse was still respected by many of the edgier comics. Even though his best years as a performer were long behind him, Monkhouse was still working just weeks before his death in 2003.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
57% 57% Thunderbirds Are Go Space Navigator Brad Newman/Swinging Star Compere (Voice) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Carry on TV David Cookson (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Maid for Murder Francis Oberon (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet She'll Have to Go Francis Oberon (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Weekend With Lulu Fred (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dentist on the Job David Cookson (Character),
Writer
- 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Get On With It David Cookson (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 17% Dentist in the Chair David Cookson (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 50% Carry on Sergeant Charlie Sage (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet All In Good Fun Host - 1955

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? Guest 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Heroes of Comedy Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet 87% Jonathan Creek Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Room 101 Guest 1994