British comedian and television personality
Jimmy Tarbuck left school at 15 and started work as a garage mechanic but was sacked from this and many subsequent jobs for 'fooling around'.
At 18, he joined a touring rock 'n' roll show which set him firmly on the showbusiness ladder of success, after which he became a Redcoat for Butlins holiday camp. It was at this time, when he was 22, that he was spotted by the late Val Parnell and made his TV debut on Comedy Bandbox. He made several guest appearances on Sunday Night at the London Palladium for Val until he became the resident compere in September 1965.
Apart from appearing on Sunday Night at the London Palladium, his other hit series were The Jimmy Tarbuck Show and It's Tarbuck both for ATV, and Tarbuck's Luck for the BBC. At Christmas he could be found starring in pantomime and performing during the summer at leading English resorts. In 1975 he appeared in his own television game show Winner Takes All for Yorkshire Television which ran until 1986 and was followed by Tarby's Frame Game.
In the late 70's, Jimmy started to appear as a guest on The Parkinson Show and these appearances were to cause a resurgence in his popularity as one of England's leading television comedians.
The 80's found Jimmy signing a five year contract with London Weekend Television to present Live From Her Majesty's which was aired in 1983/84 and 1985, followed by Live from the Piccadilly in 1986 culminating with Live From the London Palladium in 1987/1988. During this period he also had a television series called Tarby and Friends.
He has been honoured by an hour long special of This is Your Life and has found time to write two books -Tarbuck on Golf, which went to the top of the bestsellers followed by Tarbuck on Showbiz which was as equally successful.
Jimmy Tarbuck is recognised as one of Britain's top cabaret artistes and after-dinner speakers and his love of golf has never wavered. He holds "The Jimmy Tarbuck Golf Classic" annually in either Spain or Portugal and has been captain of Coombe Hill Golf Club. He regularly plays in charity golf matches throughout the country and is a life long supporter of Liverpool Football Club.
In 1994, Jimmy was honoured by being awarded the OBE for his services to showbusiness and charity.
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