Eric Sykes

Eric Sykes

Highest Rated: 94% Theatre of Blood (1973)

Lowest Rated: 8% Splitting Heirs (1993)

Birthday: May 4, 1923

Birthplace: Oldham, UK

A celebrated figure in British comedy for over a half-century, Eric Sykes was a writer and performer whose brand of gentle but absurd humor first came to flower as a writer for the famed "Goon Show" (BBC, 1951-1960) and later as the star of his own sitcom, "Sykes and A " (BBC, 1960-65). The latter program showcased Sykes' knack for crafting exceptionally funny shows out of the simplest of storylines, many of which centered on his interest in a new gadget or a half-baked idea. Longtime co-star Hattie Jacques, who played Sykes' sister in the series and its revival, "Sykes" (BBC, 1972-79), added to the mayhem by loudly proclaiming his ineptitude, which he combated with unflappable optimism. Sykes also directed several well-received short films, most notably the slapstick comedy "The Plank" (1967), and toured in numerous stage productions like the improvisational comedy "Big Bad Mouse." But it was television that remained his primary showcase for his talents until the early 21st century, when he began appearing in high-profile features like "The Others" (2001) and "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2005). Though age and illness hampered his ability to work with regularity, Sykes continued to play affable types well into his eighth decade before his death in 2012. The outpouring of affectionate tributes that followed his passing underscored his status as one of the U.K.'s most beloved comic figures.

Highest rated movies

Theatre of Blood
The Others
Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines
Son of Rambow
Shalako
Splitting Heirs

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
73% 79% Son of Rambow Frank (Character) $1.8M 2007
83% 77% The Others Mr. Tuttle (Character) $96.5M 2001
8% 37% Splitting Heirs Jobson (Character) $3.0M 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Freeze Mr. Blick (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter
- 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gabrielle and the Doodleman Genie (Character) - 1985
94% 81% Theatre of Blood Sergeant Dogge (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Alf Garnett Saga Self - 1972
No Score Yet 61% Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies Perkins (Character) - 1969
40% 29% Shalako Mako (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 76% The Plank Smaller Workman (Character),
Director,
Writer
- 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Spy With a Cold Nose Wrigley (Character) - 1966
80% 75% Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines Courtney (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rotten to the Core Unknown (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet 40% One Way Pendulum Mr. Groomkirby (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 71% Heavens Above! Harry Smith (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bargee The Mariner (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kill or Cure Rumbelow (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Village of Daughters Herbert Harris (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 64% A Very Important Person Willoughby, Sports Officer (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charley Moon Brother-in-Law (Character) - 1955

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Family Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Holby City Roger Ludlow (Character) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Heroes of Comedy Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sykes Eric Sykes (Character),
Writer,
Executive Producer
1972-1979