Ernest Wiseman was born on 27 November 1925 the eldest of five children, and changed his name to go into show business. He graduated first from Thorpe infant and junior school, and then from East Ardsley Boys' School, but entered the industry in 1933, appearing as an actor and singer in music hall.
His father, Harry, a railway lamp man, and also a semi-professional singer, appeared with him on stage under the name "Bert Carson and his Little Wonder".
He began making solo appearances, singing, dancing, and telling jokes, in 1936, and, in autumn of 1938 he came to the attention of Bryan Michie, a leading juvenile talent spotter, who recommended him to the impresario Jack Hylton.
In 1939, the year he first met Eric Morecambe, then known as Eric Bartholomew, he appeared with top Br
itish comedian Arthur Askey in his famous Band Waggon show, billed as Britain's Mickey Rooney. Gradually, Ernie Wise and Morecambe formed a tight friendship, and, in 1941, they started their comedy double act, which was to last until Morecambe's death in 1984.
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Ernest Wiseman OBE, known by his stage name Ernie Wise, was an English comedian, best known as one half of the comedy duo Morecambe and Wise, who were an institution on British TV, especially for their Christmas specials.
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In December 2008, it was reported that a statue of Ernie Wise would be built in his home town of Morley, West Yorkshire, commissioned by Morley Murals Committee and funded by his widow, Doreen. On 23 September 2009 it was announced that the statue of Ernie Wise would be completed by the middle of November and unveiled in his home town of Morley on what would have been his 84th birthday, on 27 November 2009.
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