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Jim Dale

Jim Dale is a British singer, songwriter, and actor born James Smith on August 15, 1935

Several of his songs entered the UK singles chart:

  • Be My Girl (1957)
  • Just Born (1958)
  • Crazy Dream (1958)
  • Sugartime (1958)
He wrote the song Dick-a-Dum-Dum (King's Road), which became a minor hit for Des O'Connor in 1969, and his lyrics for the movie theme Georgy Girl were nominated for an Academy Award in 1966. The song (performed by The Seekers) reached number 1 in the US charts the following year.

Dale appeared in a number of the Carry On films, generally playing the romantic lead, in the noted silent short film The Plank, and as the lead in Disney films Pete's Dragon and The Spaceman and King Arthur. He is also an accomplished stage actor (in both straight and musical roles), and has won one Tony Award and has been nominated on a further three occasions. Jim Dale also reads the American version of the Harry Potter audiobooks, and voices all the characters. He was also chosen as the narrator for the Harry Potter DVDs.

Dale was awarded an MBE in 2003.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Jim Dale Facts

Birth NameJim Smith
OccupationActor, Musician
BirthdayAugust 15, 1935 (88)
BirthplaceUnited Kingdom

Selected Filmography

Escape From Alcatraz
Under Siege
Pete's Dragon
Field of Dreams
The Seeker: The Dark is Rising
Pushing Daisies: Season 1
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
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