Today in Masonic History Robert Alan “Bob” Monkhouse passes away in 2003.
Monkhouse was born on June 1st, 1928 in Beckenham, Kent. He was educated at Goring Hall School and Dulwich College, the latter he was expelled from. Before being expelled, he began writing for comic strips such as The Beano and The Dandy. After being expelled he joined the Royal Air Force, completing his service in 1948. His unwitting group captain signed a letter for Monkhouse which he sent to the BBC telling them they should give him an audition because Monkhouse was a war hero.
Monkhouse initially had a successful career as a scriptwriter working in a partnership with Dennis Goodwin. The two wrote sketches for famous comedians of the time, including Bob Hope who turned to the duo when he needed something for a British audience. The partnership dissolved in 1962 when Goodwin took a job with Hope.
In the late 1950’s Monkhouse began appearing in films. The first was in 1958 in a film called Carry on Sergeant, which was part of a series of films known as the Carry On series. He left the Carry On series to appear in another series of movies for a series of dental comedies, which he later regretted.
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