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Frank Carson

(1926 – 2012)

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(1926 – 2012)

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This is an online tribute to Frank Carson. Hugh Francis "Frank" Carson KSG was a Northern Irish comedian and actor, best known on television in series such as The Comedians and Tiswas. He was a member of the entertainment charity the Grand Order of Water Rats.
Frank Carson was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he attended St Patrick's Elementary School and worked as an electrician, and later plasterer, in the building trade. Frank Carson's family were of Italian descent, with his grandmother hailing from Sicily. He grew up in the "Little Italy" area of Belfast, an area which no longer exists, and was once a choirboy at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic church on Donegall Street. Frank Carson spent three years
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with the Parachute Regiment mainly in the Middle East in the late 1940s. During his service he assisted with the clear up after the King David Hotel bombing in Jerusalem and made 40 parachute descents.
Frank Carson became a popular performer on Irish television, before moving to England to work as a stand-up club comedian. He had success on the long running television music-hall revival show, The Good Old Days. He then went on to win the peak-viewing national favourite talent show Opportunity Knocks, presented by Hughie Green, three times. He was one of the more prominent acts on The Comedians alongside the likes of Charlie Williams, Bernard Manning, Mike Reid and Jim Bowen. The show consisted of 30 minutes
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of non-stop stand-up comedy from several comedians in each show, became a ratings hit in the United Kingdom and helped establish Frank Carson's performing career.
Granada Television's The Comedians led to similar shows, such as The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club, which was an attempt to bring the northern English working man's club show to television. Frank Carson was a regular on television for a number of years after The Comedians, whilst also working as a stage entertainer and appearing before the Royal Family in shows. He is known for two catchphrases in live performances: "It's a cracker!" and "It's the way I tell 'em!". In 1975, Frank Carson took the part of Paddy O'Brien, described as "an Irish
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Republican landlord and coalman", in The Melting Pot, a sitcom written by Spike Milligan and Neil Shand, which was cancelled by the BBC after just one episode had been broadcast.
In 1987 his dedication to charity was recognised by the Roman Catholic Church when he was awarded a papal knighthood of the Order of St. Gregory by Pope John Paul II.
On 2 September 2009, aged 82, Frank Carson returned to the stage appearing at the North Pier Theatre midweek season run of The Comedians in Blackpool, where he lived. On 30 October 2009, he appeared at the Velvet Hall in Paphos, Cyprus.
Frank Carson passed away on 22nd February 2012, aged 85, at his Blackpool home. He was survived by his wife, Ruth, daughter
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Majella, and sons Tony and Aidan. May he rest in peace.
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Frank Carson

This is an online tribute to Frank Carson. Hugh Francis "Frank" Carson KSG was a Northern Irish comedian and actor, best known on television in series such as The Comedians and Tiswas. He was a member of the entertainment charity the Grand Order of Water Rats.
Frank Carson was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he attended St Patrick's Elementary School and worked as an electrician, and later plasterer, in the building trade. Frank Carson's family were of Italian descent, with his grandmother hailing from Sicily. He grew up in the "Little Italy" area of Belfast, an area which no longer exists, and was once a choirboy at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic church on Donegall Street. Frank Carson spent three years...

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