Jim Dale

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Jim Dale MBE (born James Smith on August 15, 1935) is a British singer, songwriter, and actor.

Several of his songs entered the UK singles chart:

  • "Be My Girl" (1957)
  • "Just Born" (1958)
  • "Crazy Dream" (1958)
  • "Sugartime" (1958)

He wrote the song "Dick-a-Dum-Dum (King's Road)", which became a minor hit for Des O'Connor in 1969, and his lyrics for the movie theme Georgy Girl were nominated for an Academy Award in 1966. The song (performed by The Seekers) reached number 1 in the US charts the following year.

Dale appeared in a number of the Carry On films, generally playing the romantic lead, in the noted silent short film The Plank, and as the lead in Disney films Pete's Dragon and The Spaceman and King Arthur. He is also an accomplished stage actor (in both straight and musical roles), and has won one Tony Award (for Barnum) and has been nominated on a further three occasions. Jim Dale also reads the American version of the Harry Potter audiobooks, and voices all the characters. He was also chosen as the narrator for the Harry Potter DVDs.

Dale was awarded an MBE in 2003.

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