Just like that ... Tommy Cooper's likeness lives on - on the bottom of a meat pie
Chip shop owner Crad Jones discovered the image of the comedian when eating his pie and chips in his shop in Caerphilly, South Wales, which was Cooper's home town.
Tommy Cooper (left) and Eric Sykes (right) starred in the 1967 comedy short film 'The Plank' which also featured a host of other household faces of the era. Unlikely as it sounds, the slapstick running joke about two workmen fetching a plank to complete a flooring job was both hugely funny and very popular. Interestingly, in 1967, it seems that jobbing joiners laying timber floors on building sites went to work wearing tweed jackets and ties !
Tommy Cooper 15 April 1984, Cooper collapsed and soon after died from a heart attack in front of millions of television viewers, midway through his act on the London Weekend Television variety show Live From Her Majesty's, transmitted live from Her Majesty's Theatre. His stage persona required that his act intentionally go wrong for comic purposes, leading to some initial uncertainty about whether this collapse was real.
British postcard by Boomerang Media Cards. Photo: Jon Lyons. Tommy Cooper (1921 – 1984) was a popular British prop comedian and magician. He was a member of The Magic Circle, and respected by traditional magicians. Famed for his red fez, his appearance was large and lumbering at 1.93 m and more than 95 kg in weight. While his stage persona required that his act intentionally went wrong for comic purposes, on 15 April 1984, Cooper famously collapsed and soon after died from a heart attack…
The Art Of Tommy Cooper - BBC2 Wales Documentary - British Comedy Guide
A guide to The Art Of Tommy Cooper, the 2007 BBC Two Wales TV documentary. BBC Wales documentary on the life and work of the magician and comedy legend Tommy Cooper
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The National Trust at Mottisfont, Hampshire, have launched their 2014 exhibition season with the largest display ever mounted of portraits by celebrated Royal photographer Patrick Lichfield, featuring 50 large format portraits created from the 1960s onwards.