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Born: 1928-02-22
Profession: Entertainer
Nation: English
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People think I am the crazy person on stage, but I know how to relax.

Tags: Crazy, Relax, Stage

People think I rush around all day long like a raving lunatic. I'm much more relaxed than that.

Tags: Lunatic, Relaxed, Rush

Television is great but for me, as a performer, nothing compares to a live theatre show.

Tags: Great, Show, Theatre

That Mick Jagger, I feel sorry for him. After all these years he still can't get no satisfaction.

Tags: After, Him, Sorry

There are enough tears in any child's life; we certainly don't need to add to them in the name of entertainment.

Tags: Child, Enough, Life

They do say, the smaller the feet, the better the dancer.

Tags: Dancer, Feet, Smaller

When a performer doesn't get nervous, that is when you have to give up.

Tags: Give, Nervous, Performer

When I married Wilnelia, one of the first things I wanted to know about Puerto Rico was the quality of the golf courses.

Tags: Golf, Married, Wanted

You can only be as good as your audience. Sometimes you can be as bad as your audience, but you have to remember you can never be better than them.

Tags: Bad, Good, Remember

All kids love to get dirty, but if I wandered into the garage, my father would say: 'Son, you're not going to have filthy hands like mine. You're going into show business.'

Tags: Business, Father, Love

I do lead a careful diet, I don't overeat, I have fruit and vegetables every day and I drink a lot of water. And my darling wife keeps me so young it is ridiculous. Being with her is an inspiration as well.

Tags: Diet, Wife, Young

I hate the term 'arm candy.' But, look, a woman's figure is a beautiful thing, and if she has shapely legs, then she should show them off, because men love to see that. Not just heterosexual men - gay men like to see a woman in her beauty and the shape of her.

Tags: Beauty, Love, Men

I met my darling wife Wilnelia in 1980 when we were on the judging panel for the Miss World contest at the Royal Albert Hall. With two ex-wives and five daughters, I thought I wouldn't be involved with anyone for a long time - if ever. Winnie was so gorgeous, my jaw dropped - and it's a big jaw to drop.

Tags: Thought, Time, Wife

I've always been a family entertainer. Every show I have done has been suitable for any age - parents never need to worry that, if they pop out of the room, I'll say anything untoward.

Tags: Age, Family, Parents

In the old days, variety turns like me learned how to cope with failure - we all had nights when we 'died' on stage - but today's youngsters simply don't have that experience. For them, it really is instant make or break time - hence, all the tears and, hence, all the potential emotional damage.

Tags: Experience, Failure, Time

It's sad when you see most of your friends in the business gone, like Tommy Cooper, Frankie Howard, Eric Morecambe, Roy Castle, Les Dawson. They were very dear to me. You no longer have the chance to bump into them at a celebrity do.

Tags: Business, Friends, Sad

Little did I know that there's nothing more competitive in the world than a professional ballroom dancer. They are as competitive as Olympic athletes.

Tags: Athletes, Dancer, Olympic

Lots of people come up to me and call me Sir Bruce now. Interviewers call me Sir with every question, but I never make a point of making people call me Sir. It doesn't matter to me, though; it was a great honour to be knighted. I'm very proud of it.

Tags: Great, Matter, Proud

My biggest regret is that my mother didn't see me walk on to that London Palladium stage, being the star she always wanted me to be. But I always say that when she reached Heaven, she had a word with a few agents.

Tags: Mother, Regret, Wanted

My father earned every penny he had, and I would have loved to have bought him a Rolls-Royce because his whole life was cars. Sadly, he didn't live to see the day when I could have done that for him, which still hurts.

Tags: Done, Father, Life

Not working is bad for you. It is my drug, it gives me a high; most performers will tell you that. And there is nothing like the high that an audience gives you.

Tags: Bad, Tell, Working

Once you've experienced the warmth of an audience, the achievement of getting your first laugh, and entertaining them, singing or playing piano, it just keeps it all going.

Tags: Getting, Laugh, Once

Probably more than anybody else, I loved Nat 'King' Cole as a performer - not only his singing but his piano playing. Whenever he had a new record come out, I'd get it and try to learn how he was playing. And he was one of the nicest people I'd ever met.

Tags: Else, Learn, Try

Puerto Rico is one of those places you can be as quiet or as crazy as you want, because there's so much nightlife. I have to take the craziness carefully.

Tags: Crazy, Places, Quiet

Some people hate the sight of me as soon as they see me on television. They loathe the look of me, and I accept that from the days of variety. I would walk on and some people would open a newspaper and think, 'He's first on, so he can't be any good.' I accept that.

Tags: Accept, Good, Hate

The secret to a happy marriage is if you can be at peace with someone within four walls, if you are content because the one you love is near to you, either upstairs or downstairs, or in the same room, and you feel that warmth that you don't find very often, then that is what love is all about.

Tags: Love, Marriage, Peace
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When I was a child, life felt so slow because all I wanted to do was get into show business. Each day seemed like a year, but when you get older, years pass like minutes. I wish there was a tape recorder where we could just slow our lives down.

Tags: Business, Life, Wish

When I was in the business as a young performer, it was a recognised fact that when you got to 60 you were out, because there'd be a new crop of comics coming up all the time, every 10 years or so.

Tags: Business, Time, Young

When you've been brought up in variety, I think timing is always important in your life. If I'm ever late for anything, whether it's personal or business, I always apologise. 'I'm sorry I'm late,' and all that. And if somebody is late meeting me, I expect them to say 'I'm sorry I'm late.' It's just, shall we say, showbiz etiquette of my day.

Tags: Business, Life, Sorry

A round of golf is the ideal antidote to stress.

Tags: Golf, Ideal, Stress

Although I'm predominantly known for game-shows, I do prefer to be known as a performer.

Tags: Although, Known, Performer

Ambition can take the place of everything - even sex.

Tags: Ambition, Place, Sex

Golf is hugely important, as it keeps me going.

Tags: Golf, Hugely, Keeps

Goodness, that Simon Cowell is a sensitive soul.

Tags: Goodness, Sensitive, Soul

I am not doddery... doddery I am not!

Tags: Dance, Somebody, Tell

I don't want to grow old gracefully. I want to put up a bit of a fight.

Tags: Fight, Old, Put

I hate Mondays - I hate that feeling you've got to get yourself up.

Tags: Feeling, Hate, Yourself

I have no plans to rock myself to sleep in my bath chair yet.

Tags: Plans, Rock, Sleep

I love getting on You Tube to look at the old comics. I am in my element seeing guys like Jack Benny and Phil Silvers give interviews.

Tags: Give, Love, Old

I read a lot when I'm away. I love courtroom dramas and I'm always looking for new authors.

Tags: Away, Looking, Love

I'm not even really a joke-teller. I can do ad-lib and banter, but I don't do jokes.

Tags: Jokes

If I couldn't move, I don't know what I would do. That would be terrifying for me; I don't know how I'd cope with that.

Tags: Cope, Move, Terrifying

If I go out one night, I must stay in the next. It's the same with my golf. If I play one day, I don't play the next. I try to pace myself.

Tags: Next, Night, Try

In my mind, everything is too sanitised on television - what is wrong with things going wrong?

Tags: Mind, Television, Wrong

It gets harder every day to get out of bed. I don't feel like it loads of the time. It is only my exercise routine which wakes me up.

Tags: Bed, Exercise, Time

It may be an old cliche, but I think true love will last; it has no end. But finding the right person is a very difficult thing.

Tags: End, Love, True

It's frightening, the way life speeds up. When you're at school, time can't go fast enough.

Tags: Life, School, Time

It's important for a dancer to wear very tight underpants. I used to feel a bit exposed if I wasn't being held up in the right place.

Tags: Bit, Place, Used

It's the combination of marrying a beautiful woman three decades younger and my iPad that keeps me young.

Tags: Beautiful, Woman, Young

Just doing any kind of work - even an interview for breakfast television - makes me feel happy.

Tags: Happy, Makes, Work

My holidays are very important. Mind you, I take a very long one every year.

Tags: Holidays, Mind, Year

No one - apart from my agent, perhaps - should leave one of my shows in tears.

Tags: Leave, Perhaps, Tears

On stage, I think I'm 35. Working takes over my whole body and I become a younger man - that's why I won't stop.

Tags: Become, Why, Working
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