Michael Bentine

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Michael Bentine

Michael Bentine (January 26 1922 - November 26 1996) was a comedian, comic actor, and member of the Goons.

Bentine was born in Watford, of Anglo-Peruvian parentage and grew-up in Folkestone, Kent. He was educated in Eton College. In World War II he served as an RAF Intelligence officer, and took part in the liberation of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. He had acted before the war, and afterwards he decided to become a comedian, specialising in off-the-wall humour, often involving cartoons and other types of animation. For example, a prominent feature of his series, It's a Square World, was the imaginary flea-circus. He was also a television presenter and writer.

He appeared in the Goon Show film Down Among the Z Men, and at the time seemed perhaps the most comfortable of the cast in working in a visual medium.

During the 1960's he also took part in the first Hovercraft expedition up the Amazon river.

In later life, his interests included parapsychology. This partly arose as a result of the premature death of his son.

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