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Benny Hill

In 1980, Benny was nominated for the Emmy for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program for: The Benny Hill Show (1969).
 
In 1981, Benny was nominated for the Emmy for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program for: The Benny Hill Show (1969).
 
In 1972, Benny was nominated for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Light Entertainment Performance for: The Benny Hill Show (1969).
 
In 1972, Benny won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Script for: The Benny Hill Show (1969).
 
Benny recorded several hit singles in the 1960s, including "Gather in the Mushrooms" and "Ernie the Fastest Milkman in the West."
 
Benny served with the Army during World War II.
 
Benny was born on the same day that V.I. Lenin died.
 
Benny was born on the same day as Telly Savalas, whose Kojak character he impersonated on his 1969-1989 Thames TV show.
 
Benny's father and uncle were circus clowns, performing in the circus until they both left for military service during WWI.
 
Benny appeared in the music video "Anything She Does" by Genesis.
 
When Benny died his estate was worth an estimated £10 million. The only will Hill created left his estate to his parents who both died years ago. Hill's estate was divided among his seven nieces and nephews.
 
After complaints that his television comedy sketches were too sexual, Benny began casting children to appear on his shows. But instead of hiring professional child actors, he hired the children of the crew, stating that their laughs were genuine.
 
At the time of Benny's death, a large box was found in his apartment. The many awards and honors he had earned throughout his career had been placed in the box as if they were unimportant to him.
 
Benny died in his favorite chair while watching television.
 
Benny was one of only a handful of TV comedians (the others being Milton Berle and Jackie Gleason) who had control over the circumstances of production of their respective TV shows.
 
Benny's nickname was "King Leer."
 
Benny was 5' 10½" (1.79 m) tall.
 
Benny was related to Aussie soap star/singer Holly Valance. She was his cousin's granddaughter.
 

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