Bob Monkhouse

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Robert Alan Monkhouse, OBE (1 June 1928 – 29 December 2003)[2] was an English entertainer. He was a successful comedy writer, comedian and actor and was also well known on British television as a presenter and game show host. Monkhouse was famous for his quick ad-lib and one-liner jokes.


Early life and career

Bob Monkhouse was born at 168 Bromley Road, Beckenham, Kent, the son of Wilfred Adrian Monkhouse, (1894-1957), and Dorothy Muriel Monkhouse née Hansard, (1895-1971). Monkhouse had an elder brother, named John, born in 1922. Monkhouse's father was a prosperous Methodist businessman who owned Monk and Glass, which made custard powder.[3][4]

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