British comic actor Norman Wisdom dies at 95

5th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

British comic actor Norman Wisdom, famous for his slapstick film roles in his trademark cloth cap and ill-fitting jacket, died Monday at the age of 95, his family said.

Wisdom passed away in a nursing home on the Isle of Man after suffering a series of strokes in the past six months as his health declined.

He was perhaps best known for his comedy films in the 1950s and 1960s featuring the character Norman Pitkin. He was a prolific actor, appearing in 19 films and 32 television comedy series.

His family confirmed Wisdom had passed away and asked for time to grieve a "much loved father and grandfather."

"Over the last six months Norman has sustained a series of strokes causing a general decline in both his physical and mental health," said a family statement.

His condition rapidly declined over the past few days and he died at 6:46 pm (17:46 GMT) Monday, they said.

He won international acclaim, becoming a cult figure in Albania where he was the only Western actor whose films were allowed in the country when Communist leader Enver Hoxha was in charge.

© 2010 AFP

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