Alfred Hawthorne Hill, better known by his stage name Benny Hill (21 January 1925--20 April 1992) was an English comedian and actor, notable for his long-running television programme The Benny Hill Show. Alfred Hawthorne Hill was born in Southampton and attended Taunton's School. During World War II, he was evacuated to Bournemouth. After leaving school, Hill worked at Woolworth's, as a milkman, a bridge operator, a driver and a drummer before he finally got a foot in the door of the entertainment industry by becoming assistant stage manager with a touring review. He was called up in 1942 and trained as a mechanic, but transferred to the Combined Services Entertainment division before the end of the war.
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