Michael Crawford

  • Birth Name: Michael Patrick Smith
  • Birth Place: Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
  • Profession: Actor, Singer
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Fast Facts

  • Began his showbiz career singing as a boy soprano.
  • Has performed on radio, television, stage and in feature films.
  • Made his Broadway debut in 1967 in Black Comedy opposite Lynn Redgrave.
  • Used to help his then-wife with her upholstery business by stuffing cushions.
  • Best known to U.S. audiences for originating the title role in Phantom of the Opera.
  • Auditioned for Gene Kelly for the film Hello Dolly; Kelly described the part of Cornelius Hackl as an attractive idiot, which he thought suited Crawford perfectly.
  • In 1990, sanctioned the Michael Crawford Fan Association to support children's charities.
  • Moved to New Zealand after being diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Awards

  • 1998, Emmy — Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 1988, Tony — Actor (Musical): Winner
  • 1966, BAFTA Film Awards — Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles: Nominee

Relationships

  • Doris Agnes Mary Pike — Mother
  • Emma Crawford — Daughter
  • Lucy Crawford — Daughter
  • Gabrielle Lewis — Ex-wife

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