Jimmy was born on 23rd March, 1920 in Barnes, London. His real name was James
He performed in the Cambridge Footlights review and joined the RAF during the
Second World War. He was presented with the Distinguished Flying Cross after his
Dakota was shot down at Arnhem in 1944. Because of his facial injuries sustained
in the crash, he had to have plastic surgery and to hide this he grew a large
handlebar moustache, which became his trademark.
After demobilisation he appeared at the Windmill Theatre followed by a series of
engagements at other London theatres, including four years at the Adelphi in
'London Laughs'. His first film, called 'Trouble in the Air' was made in 1948
and he played B. Barrington Crockett. He made his name in radio and television.
His most famous radio show 'Take it From Here' ran from 1948 to 1960 and later
featured the Glum family with Ron and Eth. He introduced the tuba into his act
and it became a feature of his many variety performances.
He first made a name for himself on TV with his series called 'Whacko!' in which
he played Professor James Edwards. It ran from 1956 to 1960 and in 1971. He also
was the panel game creator and a regular member of 'Does the Team Think?', which
started in 1958. Other radio shows included 'They're Out' and 'Navy Mixture'.
Take It From Here was transferred to television in 1978, consisting of just the
Glums. He appeared in many more television series such as 'The Seven Faces of
Jim' and 'More Faces of Jim' in 1961 and 1962, 'Bold as Brass' in 1964,
'Blanding's Castle' in 1967 and 'The Fossett Saga' in 1969. He was very popular.
His film appearances included a film version of 'Whacko!' called 'Bottoms Up!'
in 1959, 'The Plank' in 1967, 'Lionheart' in 1968, 'Ghost of a Chance' in 1968
and 'The Bed Sitting Room' in 1969. His final film was 'Anoop and the Elephant'
In 1953 he wrote 'Take It From Me' and in 1984 an autobiography called 'Six of
the Best'. He also founded and was Vice President of 'The Handlebar Club', whose
members had large moustaches. His hobbies included polo, hunting, flying and
brass bands. He was also in partnership with his brother in a successful 900
acre farm in Sussex . He died on 7th. July, 1988.