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Popular British Comedian And Actor Jimmy Edwards Dies

July 9, 1988

LONDON (AP) _ Jimmy Edwards, the mustachioed radio and television actor who kept Britons laughing in the dark days of food rationing after World War II, has died, his brother Alan Edwards said. He was 68.

The comedian died Thursday of bronchial pneumonia in London’s Cromwell Hospital.

He had been ill for several weeks after returning from a show business tour in Australia, his brother said.

Edwards was famed for his huge 11-inch-long mustache, burly frame and gravelly voice.

After the war, Edward’s starring role in the British Broadcasting Corp.’s radio series ″Take It From Here″ ran for 11 years.

He appeared in several plays in London’s West End theaterland and gave a memorable performance in the 1956 movie version of Jerome K. Jerome’s classic comic novel ″Three Men in a Boat″ about a trip up the River Thames in a rowboat in the 1880s.

During the war, Edwards flew with the Royal Air Force and won the Distinguished Flying Cross, one of Britain’s highest awards for flying bravery.

In 1962, he tried to become a House of Commons legislator for the Conservative Party but was narrowly defeated.

In 1959, he married actress Valerie Seymour but they were divorced 11 years later.

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