Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Freddy "Parrot Face" Davies
Be full of Chrishmush cheer!
"Freddie Davies (born 21 July 1937) is a British comedian and actor. He is the grandson of Music Hall comedian Jack Herbert.
Freddie Davies was born on in Brixton, London. Evacuated in 1939 to Seend in Wiltshire and then to Torquay taken to Salford, Manchester in 1941. After National Service in the Royal Army Pay Corps. He became a stand-up comedian, after beginning his career in 1958 as a Butlins holiday camp Redcoat entertainer. He started on the cabaret circuit in 1964, when he turned professional, and he appeared on Opportunity Knocks. Sunday Night at the London Palladium. The Des O'Connor Show. The Tom Jones Show. The Bachelors Show. Blackpool Night Out. Plus many top rating Television shows in the 60s, 70s and 80s.
His act featured jokes about budgies, and he eventually picked up the nickname "Parrot Face", partly due to the faces he pulled on stage. He became known as "Freddie "Parrotface" Davies", wore a Black Homburg hat and became very popular with both the young and old alike.
From 1968 to 1971, the long-running British children's comic Buster featured a comic strip Freddie "Parrot-Face" Davies, based upon the adventures of Freddie and his "boodgies". In 1974 he had a BBC children's television series, The Small World of Samuel Tweet. Mr. Tweet worked in a pet shop in Chumpton Green, appearing with many animals during the series. He also appeared in a commercial for Trill budgie seed, with the slogan, "Trill makes budgies bounce with health".
Freddie also recorded several children's albums and stories for children. The Last of the Summer Wine actor Bill Owen wrote the lyrics to a romantic ballad called "So Lucky" which Freddie recorded and it became a hit record in Brazil, the Philippines and South America and Freddie received a Gold Record for sales in Brazil.
After a spell touring th U.S.A. he returned to the U.K and began an acting career appearing in Heartbeat, Casualty, Last of the Summer Wine, Preston Front, 2 series of Harbour Lights (as George Blade), Born and Bred, Sensitive Skin and My Family.
Freddie's films include the cult comedy classic Funny Bones, and 2004's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
He now runs the "Sheep Shop" on Atholl Road in Pitlochry, Scotland, selling wool, knitting needles and Shaun The Sheep memorabelia."