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Jim became "The Toast of Broadway" [NY Times 1981] when he created the flamboyant title role in the now world famous Cy Coleman musical "Barnum".

He was born in Rothwell, a small town in England and started training for his career at the age of nine. 
For six years he studied tap dancing, eccentric comedy dancing, judo, National dancing, ballet and tumbling. 
During these years he performed in many amateur shows and started to include comedy in his act. 

At the age of seventeen he became the youngest professional comedian in Great Britain, touring all the famous Variety Music Halls. 

He joined the Royal Air Force at the age of eighteen and spent the next two years entertaining troops in England and Germany.

At the age of 22, he became the first recording artist under the wing of the now legendary "Beatles" recording manager, Sir George Martin, who produced many hit records for him over the next two years. 
He first appeared in, then hosted the two top music shows on British television, "6-5 Special" and "Thank Your Lucky Stars" 

He was invited to join BBC radio as a disc jockey, and for over a year hosted their number one program  for children, "Saturday Morning Children's Requests" 

Theatre
In 1966 he played the clown Autolycus in Shakespeare's, "The Winter's Tale" at the Edinburgh Festival. 
He returned in 1967 to play Bottom in "A Midsummer Nights Dream" and the title role in "Scapino" 

In 1970, at the request of Laurence Olivier, he joined The British National Theatre as a leading actor. 
Over the next two years he appeared in "Love’s Labour’s Lost", "The Merchant of Venice", "The National Health", "The Good Natured Man", "Sancho", "The Captain of Kopenick", and a two hander play with Anthony Hopkins, "The Architect and the Emperor of Assyria". 
At the Young Vic, he re-created the title role in "Scapino", which he co-adapted with Frank Dunlop, and played Petruchio in "The Taming of the Shrew". 
His other West End theatre credits include "The Burglar", "The Wayward Way", "The Card", "A Midsummer Nights Dream", "The Merchant of Venice", "A Winters' Tale", the part of Fagin in Cameron Mackintosh’s "Oliver!" at the London Palladium, and most recently, "Just Jim Dale" at the Vaudeville Theatre.

In 1973 Jim made his Broadway debut in the smash hit, "Scapino"  
Other credits on and Off-Broadway include, "Joe Egg", "Travels With My Aunt", "Candide", "The Comedians", "The Invisible Man", "Privates On Parade", "The Taming of the Shrew", "Me And My Girl" ,  "A Christmas Carol - The Musical", "The Music Man", "The Oak Tree", "Busker Alley", "The Faith Healer", "Don Juan in Hell", "Address Unknown",  "Three Penny Opera" "The Road to Mecca" and "Just Jim Dale"  

Television 
"Huckleberry Finn" for PBS, "The American Clock" by Arthur Miller, "The Bill Cosby Show", "The Ellen Burstyn Show""The Dinah Shore Show", "Sunday Night at the London Palladium" (Host), "Six Five Special" (Host), "Thank Your Lucky Stars" (Host), "Meet Jim Dale" and "The Jim Dale Show" for ATV London. "Pushing Daisies" Narrator ABC TV. 

Films  
"The National Health", "Joseph Andrews", "The Plank", "The Spaceman and King Arthur", "Hot Lead-Cold Feet", "Pete’s Dragon", "Adolf Hitler - My Part in His Downfall",  "The Iron Maiden", "Lock Up Your Daughters", "Scandalous", "The Winters Tale", "Digby", "The Hunchback", and eleven films in the British "Carry On" series.

Film Song Writing
"Georgy Girl", "Shalako", "A Winter's Tale", "Twinky" and "Joseph Andrews".

Audio Books
"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"
"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" 
"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"
"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone" 
"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" 
"Harry Potter and the the Half Blood Prince" 
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"
"A Christmas Carol".
"Peter and the Starcatchers"
"Peter and the Shadow Thieves"
"Peter and the Secret of Muldoon"
"Peter and the Sword of Mercy"
"Around the World in Eighty Days"
"King of Shadows"
"Peter Pan"
"Escape From the Carnivale"
"Arthur and the Minimoys"
"Arthur and the Forbidden City" 
"Stoneheart"
"Ironhand" 
"Silvertongue"
"A Day With Wilbur Robinson"
"Twas the Night Before Christmas"
"Alice in Wonderland"
"Peter and the Wolf"
"James Herriot's Treasury For Children"
"The Shoe Bird"
"Bikeman"
"Return to the Hundred Acre Wood"
"The Boy With the Cuckoo Clock Heart"
"The Emerald Atlas"
"The Night Circus"
"Ghost Hawk"
"The Fire Chronicle"

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