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Jim entered show business at the age of nine. 
For six years he studied ballet, tap, judo, ballroom, National, tumbling and eccentric dancing. 
At the age of seventeen, he became the youngest professional comedian touring the  British Music Halls.

He ventured into pop singing at the age of twenty two 
and became the first artist under the wing of  legendary "Beatles" recording manager, Sir George Martin, 
resulting in many Hit Parade entries during Britain's  ‘Swinging Sixties'.

He became one of the icons of the legendary British "Carry On" team, 
and made eleven films for the cinema with the company.


In 1966 he joined director Frank Dunlop's new "Pop Theatre" at the Edinburgh Festival, 
and was the first actor to star at the new Young Vic Theatre in Moliere's "Scapino." 
In 1970, at the request of  Sir Laurence Olivier, he joined the British National Theatre as a leading actor.

Jim has lived in New York for thirty five with his American wife 
Julie Schafler Dale, owner of New York’s prestigious “Julie Artisans’ Gallery” on Madison Avenue.  

In 2004 Queen Elizabeth II awarded Jim the MBE* for his work in promoting children’s literature.
(*Member of the Order of the British Empire)

Film  Awards / Nominations 

Academy Award Nomination  -  "Best Song - Georgy Girl" (1966) 
Academy Award Nomination BAFTA  - "Best Newcomer" for "Adolph Hitler - My Part in His Downfall" (1974)   
International Laurel Award  -    "Best Song - Georgy Girl" (1966)  

Audiobook Awards

To millions of American and Canadian children Jim is the voice of Harry Potter.
He has recorded all seven audiobooks in the series, 
and created individual voices for over two hundred and fifty characters.

For his narration work he became the first inductee into the American Audio Hall of Fame. 
He has won two Grammy Awards and Seven Grammy Nominations.
Plus a record ten Audie Awards , the 'Oscars' of the Audiobook world.
These include:
Audio Book of the Year 2004
Best Solo Narrator 2001 - 2005 - 2007 and 2008.
Fourteen Audiofile's Earphone Awards.
Four Audiofile's  "Best Voices of the Year"
Four Audiofile's  "Best Audiobooks of the Year"
The Odyssey Award 2008.

 “Guinness World Record ”  Awards

Jim created a total of 134 different character voices for one audio book, 
“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"

 Second “ Guinness World Record ” 
In 2007 Jim broke  his first record by creating 146 different character voices for
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"


Third "Guinness World Record "
For occupying the first SIX places in the “Top Ten Audio Books of America and Canada 2005”.

Theatre Awards

Inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame 2009.
Tony Award 1980 "Barnum" 
5 Tony Award Nominations. 
5 Outer Critics Circle Awards 
5 Drama Desk Awards
8 Drama Desk nominations
7 Drama League Awards 
The Lucille Lortel Award
The Richard Seff Award 
Friars Club of America "Thespians Award For Excellence in the Theatre 2006"


            
U.S.A. 
Theatre

 DATE               PLAY/MUSICAL                                 CHARACTER                           THEATRE

 
2007     "Don Juan in Hell"                  The Devil                        Williamstown Theatre
 2007     "The Oak Tree"                         Father                             

 2006      "Busker Alley"                         Charlie Baxter               York Theatre Co. 
 2006      "Three Penny Opera"              Mr. Peachum                  Studio 54
 2004      "Address Unknown"                Max                                Promenade Theatre
 2003      "A Christmas Carol"               Scrooge                           Madison Square Garden 
 2003      "Comedians"                            Eddie Waters                 Thomas Beckett 
 1999       "The Invisible Man"               Mr. Marvel                      Playhouse Theatre, Cleveland 
1997       "Candide"                                Voltaire/ Pangloss          Gershwin Theatre, Broadway
1995       "Travels With My Aunt"         Nephew/Aunt Augusta  Minetta Lane Theatre
1989       "Me and My Girl"                    Bill Snibson                    Marquis Theatre, Broadway 
1989       "Privates On Parade"             Terry Dennis                   Roundabout Theatre
1984       "The Music Man"                    Harold Hill                     Dallas, Saint Louis 
1984       "Joe Egg"                                Bri                                   Longacre Theatre, Broadway
1981       "Barnum "                               Barnum                           St. James Theatre, Broadway
1979       "Privates On Parade"             Terry Dennis                   Long Wharf Theatre, Newhaven 
1979       "Comedians"                           Gethin Price                    Mark Taper Forum LA
1974        "Scapino!"                              Scapino                           Circle in the Square, Broadway,  
1973        "The Taming of the Shrew"  Petruchio                        Brooklyn Academy of Music                                                                             

England
British National Theatre / Young Vic 1970 to 1973 

 "The Merchant of Venice"………………………Launcelot Gobbo..............Directed by Jonathon Miller
 "The Good Natured Man"……………….………Mr. Lofty...........................Directed by John Dexter       
 "Loves Labour's Lost"……………………….…..Costard..............................Directed by Laurence Olivier
 "The Captain of Kopenick"……………….…….Calle...................................Directed by Frank Dunlop
 "The National Health"………………………….Barnet................................Directed By Michael Blakemore
 "The Taming of the Shrew"……………………..Petruchio...........................Directed by Frank Dunlop
 "A Winters Tale"…………………..………….…Autolycus...........................Directed by Frank Dunlop
 "Scapino!"………………………………………..Scapino..............................Directed by Frank Dunlop
 "The Architect and the Emperor of Assyria"...…The Architect.....................Directed by Victor Garcia
 "Sancho Panza"……………………………….…Barber................................Directed by Joan Plowright
 "A Midsummer Night's Dream"............................Bottom...............................Directed by Frank Dunlop

Other London West-End

"The Wayward Way"………………..…..………..Young William...................Directed by Dan Eckley                               
"The Burglar"…………………………..….….….Burglar...............................Directed by Frank Dunlop
"A Midsummer Night's Dream"………..……..….Bully Bottom  (1967).........Directed by Frank Dunlop
"The Card"……………………………..……….   Denry Machin  (1973).......Directed by Val May
"Oliver!"………………………………..……….   Fagin (1996/7)...................Directed by Sam Mendes
"Just Jim Dale"....................................................   Himself   (2015).................Dire
cted by Richard Maltby Jnr.

Films

"The Hunchback"………………………..…....…Clopin (1997)
"American Clock"……………………..……....…Ted Quinn (1993)
"Carry On Columbus "..………...........………….Chris Columbus (1992)
"Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"……..….....…The Duke (1985)
"Scandalous"..………………………........………Anthony Crisp (1984)
"Hot Lead and Cold Feet" .……………..…........ Eli/Wild Billy/Jasper (1978)
"Joseph Andrews" ……………….………...........  Peddler (1977)
"Pete's Dragon" .…………………….…….......... Dr. Terminus (1977)
"Digby"………………………………..…............  Jeff Eldon (1973)
"The National Health" ……………..……........…Barnet/Dr. Neil Boyd (1973)
"Adolf Hitler - My Part in His Downfall" ............Spike Milligan (1972)
"Carry On Again Doctor" ………………............ Dr. James Nookey (1969)
"Lock Up Your Daughters!"………………..........Lusty (1969)
"Carry On Doctor"……………………….............Dr Kilmore (1968)
"A Winter's Tale".………………………......... ....Autolycus (1967)
"The Plank" ……………………………….....…..Painter (1967)
"Carry On, Don't Lose Your Head".……........…. Lord Darcy Pue (1967)
"Follow That Camel"…..…………………........…Bertram Oliphant West (1967)
"Carry On Screaming".…………………..............Albert (1966)
"Carry On Cowboy"..……………………............. Marshall P. Knutt (1965)
"The Big Job"……………………………............ Harold (1965)
"Carry On Cleo".... ……………………….......….Horsa (1964)
"Carry On Jack"..………………………….......... Carrier (1964)
"Carry On Spying" ………………………............Carstairs (1964)
"Carry On Cabby"..………………………......…  Expectant father (1963)
"Nurse On Wheels"……………………….….....  Tim Taylor (1963)
"The Iron Maiden"…………………………........ Publicist (1962)
"Raising the Wind"………………………......…..Bass Trombone  (1961)

Film Music/Lyrics

"Georgy Girl ".................................................….Lyrics  (Academy Award Nomination 1966)
"Twinky"..............................................................Music and Lyrics
"Shalako".............................................................Lyrics
"A Winters Tale".................................................Music and Lyrics

 Audiobooks

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"        by J.K.Rowling
"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"         by  J.K.Rowling
"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"    by  J.K.Rowling
"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"  by  J.K.Rowling
"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"            by  J.K.Rowling
"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" by  J.K.Rowling
"Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince"      by  J.K.Rowling
 "King of Shadows"                                            by  Susan Cooper
"Peter Pan"                                                        by J. M. Barrie 
"Peter and the Starcatchers"      by  Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
"Peter and the Shadow Thieves"by  Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
"Escape From the Carnivale"    by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
"Peter and the Sword of Mercy"  by  Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson 
"Peter & the Secret of Rundoon"  by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
"A Christmas Carol"                                         by Charles Dickens
"Around the World In Eighty Days"                by Jules Verne
"Arthur and the Minimoys"                              by Luc Besson
"Arthur and the Forbidden City"                     by Luc Besson
"Stoneheart"                                                      by Charlie Fletcher
"Ironhand"                                                        by  Charlie Fletcher
"Silvertongue"                                                   by Charlie Fletcher  
"A Day With Wilbur Robinson"                       by William Joyce                                                                               
"Alice in Wonderland"                                     by  Lewis Carroll      
"Mission Earth"                                                by  L. Ron Hubbard
"Peter and the Wolf"                                        by  Serge Prokofieff  
"James Herriot's Treasury For Children"      by  James Herriot                                     
"The Shoe Bird"                                               by Eudora Welty. Music by Samuel Jones
"Bikeman"                                                        by Tom Flynn    
"Return to the Hundred Acre Wood"              by  David Benedictus
"The Boy With the Cuckoo Clock Heart"      by  Mathias Malzieu
"The Emerald Atlas"                                       by John Stevens
"The Night Circus"                                         by Erin Morgenstern

Jim has also recorded all the video games in the Harry Potter series

Vocal Recordings / L.P.'s / CD's

"Busker Alley".............................................    CDJAY 1400
"Jim".............................................................   E.M.I.  PMD 1055
"Meet Jim Dale"..........................................   Pye Records 10503                                    
"This is Me".................................................   Pye Records NSPL 18421 STEREO
"Six-Five Special"........................................  Parlophone PMC 1047
"The Wayward Way"..................................    EMI CLP 1834
"Oliver!"......................................................   MFP 1073
"The Card"..................................................   N/A
"Barnum"....................................................   CBS  Broadway Cast Album
"Candide"....................................................   RCA Victor 09026-68835-2
"Pete's Dragon"..........................................   Capitol Records SW 11704
"Busker Alley" ...........................................    

Publications

"Scapino!"
Printed 1974 Reprinted 2004
The Authorized Acting Edition by Frank Dunlop and Jim Dale
Published by the Dramatic Publishing Co. N.Y.  U.S.A.
First produced in 1671, Moliιre's "Les Fourberies de Scapin" 
serves as the basis of Dunlop and Dale's zany Scapino! 

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