Tony Hawes

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Great Britain
March 23rd, 1929, Blackheath, London, England, UK
February 13th, 1997, Tarzana, Los Angeles, California, USA

Born in London in 1929, Anthony John Hawes was a cartoonist, actor and scriptwriter who served his cartooning apprenticeship at the Bristol Evening World before graduating to the Daily Mail, helping cartoonist Arthur Potts draw the daily children’s strip, Teddy Tail. After RAF service during the war, Hawes was introduced by comedian Bob Monkhouse to Denis Gifford (qv) in 1952, only for their careers to become intertwined, on and off: as scriptwriters, Gifford and Hawes teethed on a three-minute monologue for the BBC, read by a youthful Clive Dunn. Taken on by an agency making sponsored programmes for Radio Luxembourg, the pair devised stunts and scripts for an American import called ‘People Are Funny’ – good experience for a later, similar job with BBC TV’s The Generation Game. Having announced on ITV’s Sunday Night at the London Palladium, Hawes now found himself describing the prizes on Bruce Forsyth's conveyor belt. Hawes scripted TV shows for Dickie Valentine, Liberace and Des O'Connor, also dabbling in film as an actor and writer. Via the Laurel and Hardy Appreciation Society, Hawes met and married Stan’s daughter, Lois. He died in Tarzana, California in 1997.

Contributions by Tony Hawes

Great Britain • MAD Magazine