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Max Wall

Max Wall

Max Wall


Max Wall (12 March 1908–21 May 1990) was the stage name of English comedian Maxwell Lorimer. His performing career covered theatre, films and television. Wall made his stage debut at the age of 14 as an acrobatic dancer in a pantomime, but is best remembered for his ludicrously attired and hilariously strutting Professor Wallofski. This creation notably influenced John Cleese, who has acknowledged Max Wall's influence on the creation of his own Ministry of Silly Walks sketch for Monty Python. Read more on Last.fm
Max Wall (12 March 1908–21 May 1990) was the stage name of English comedian Maxwell Lorimer. His performing career covered theatre, films and television. Wall made his stage debut at the age of 14 as an acrobatic dancer in a pantomime, but is best remembered for his ludicrously attired and hilariously strutting Professor Wallofski. This creation notably influenced John Cleese, who has acknowledged Max Wall's influence on the creation of his own Ministry of Silly Walks sketch for Monty Python. After appearing in many musicals and stage comedies in the 1930s, Wall's career went into decline, and he was reduced to working in obscure nightclubs.

He then joined the RAF during WW2 and served for three years until he was invalided out in 1943. Wall re-emerged during the 1950s when producers and directors rediscovered his comic talents, along with the expressive power of his tragic clown face and the distinctive sad falling cadences of his voice. He secured television appearances, and having attracted Beckett's attention, he won parts in Waiting for Godot and Krapp's Last Tape. In 1966 he appeared as Père Ubu in Jarry's Ubu Roi, and in 1972 he toured with Mott the Hoople on their "Rock n' Roll Circus tour", gaining a new audience. His straight acting won him many positive reviews. He also appeared in Crossroads, Coronation Street and what was then Emmerdale Farm.

He also played an ex-con in Minder, with George Cole. In the 1970s and 1980s, Wall occasionally performed a one-man stage show, An Evening with Max Wall, in which he recaptured the humour of old-time music-hall theatre. His last film appearance was in the 12-minute movie A Fear of Silence, a dark tale of a man who drives a stranger to a confession of murder by answering only Yes or No to his questions; those two words, repeated, were his only dialogue. The film won a gold award in the New York Film and TV Festival. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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