Marty Feldman

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Martin Alan "Marty" Feldman (8 July 1934[1] – 2 December 1982) was an English comedy writer, comedian and actor who starred in a series of British television comedy shows, including At Last the 1948 Show, and Marty which won two BAFTA awards. He also starred in several films including Young Frankenstein. His face was notable for his bulging eyes, a condition caused by Graves' disease.[citation needed]


Early life

Feldman was born in the East End of London, the son of Jewish immigrants from Kiev.[2] He recalled his childhood as "solitary".[3] Leaving school at 15, he worked at the Dreamland fun fair in Margate.[3] By the age of 20, he had decided to pursue a career as a comedian.


In 1954, Feldman formed a writing partnership with Barry Took.[3] For British television, they wrote situation comedies such as The Army Game, Bootsie and Snudge, and the BBC radio show Round the Horne, which starred Kenneth Horne and Kenneth Williams.[3] This put Feldman and Took "in the front rank of comedy writers" (Denis Norden).[3]

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