The Crazy World of Marty Feldman

“Hookers have to deliver on their promise… unlike politicians.” – Marty Feldman – Six Degrees of Separation, BBC4.

Martin Alan “Marty” Feldman (8 July 1934 – 2 December 1982) was an English comedy writer, comedian and actor, easily identified by his misaligned eyes.

“I feel about Keaton the way an organist thinks of Bach.” – Marty Feldman – Six Degrees of Separation, BBC4.

He starred in several British television comedy series, including At Last the 1948 Show and Marty, the latter of which won two BAFTA awards.

Feldman was co-author, along with Cleese, Chapman and Brooke-Taylor of the “Four Yorkshiremen” sketch, which was also written for At Last the 1948 Show. Is a parody of nostalgic conversations about humble beginnings or difficult childhoods. Four Yorkshiremen reminisce about their upbringing, and as the conversation progresses, they try to outdo one another, their accounts of deprived childhoods becoming increasingly absurd.

“Marty” is a British television sketch comedy series, with Marty Feldman, Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Junkin, Roland MacLeod, Mary Miller and Peter Pocock which was made in 1968.

Comedy, like sodomy, is an unnatural act.” – The Times, June 9, 1969.

He was the first Saturn Award winner for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Young Frankenstein

He also made one LP, I Feel a Song Going Off (1969), re-released as The Crazy World of Marty Feldman. The songs were written by Dennis King, John Junkin and Bill Solly

Feldman died from a heart attack in a hotel room in Mexico City on 2 December 1982, during the making of the film Yellowbeard. “He smoked sometimes six packs of cigarettes daily, drank copious amounts of black coffee, and ate a diet rich in eggs and dairy products”. Mel Brooks

“I carry Keaton’s photo around with me to remind me what happened to him. If the Hollywood system can destroy him it can destroy me.” – Marty Feldman – Six Degrees of Separation, BBC4.

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