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Date Of BirthOctober 31, 1926
DiedOctober 29, 2011, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
MarkPeroxide blond hair and smoking a big cigar
FactFollowing the revelation of his crimes, there were many calls for him to be stripped of his Knighthood and OBE (Order of The British Empire) but this is impossible due to the honors dying with the person.

Jimmy Savile was a British DJ, television and radio personality, dance hall manager, and charity fundraiser. He was born on October 31, 1926, in Leeds, England, to parents Vincent and Agnes Savile. He had four brothers and sisters. Savile was educated at St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Primary School and Leeds Grammar School.

He left school at age 14 to work in a coal mine. Savile began his career as a DJ in the early 1950s. He became one of the first DJs to play rock and roll music on the radio in the UK. Savile also worked as a dance hall manager and charity fundraiser.

He raised millions of pounds for charities, including the Royal Marsden Hospital and Stoke Mandeville Hospital. Savile was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1990 for his services to charity. He died on October 29, 2011, at his home in Leeds. ..

General Info

Full NameJimmy Savile
Date Of BirthOctober 31, 1926
DiedOctober 29, 2011, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Height1.74 m
ProfessionTelevision presenter, Disc jockey, Radio personality


ParentsVincent Joseph Marie Savile, Agnes Monica Savile
SiblingsMarjory Savile, John Savile, Joan Savile, Christina Savile, Mary Savile, Vincent Savile


AwardsNME Award for Best Club DJ, NME Award for British Disc Jockey
TV ShowsJim'll Fix It, Celebrity Big Brother, Pop Go The Sixties, Young at Heart, Jim'll Fix It Strikes Again

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#Marks / Signs
1Wearing tracksuits
2His distinctive and frequently impersonated Yorkshire accent
3Peroxide blond hair and smoking a big cigar
4Saying "Now then, now then" and "How's about that, then?"


1[on why he spent so much time in hospitals] People have said to me, "Here, what about all this hospital work? Surely this has to be a publicity gimmick?" Five minutes in a hospital is a gimmick if you've got the newspapers there, if you've got the television there. Five minutes is a gimmick. Five years is not a gimmick.
2I think all children should be eaten at birth.
3I happen to be in the pop business. You cannot go through the pop business without knowing lots of young ladies. But the newspapers will juice it up no end, you see, and if they juice it up no end that's the way that they work. And of course in the pop business you have a lot of girlfriends but I ain't never married them.
4I have tended to specialize in poorly people in hospital beds. That's my general sort of specialization. There are all sorts of other people worthy of it but there's all sorts of other people doing things that I do.
5If you see a situation in a public place that could be a danger to children, tell somebody about it and see if something can't be done about it.
6My life from start to finish has been fun. Not fun at anybody else's expense, not fun causing trouble or bother or this or that. Straightforward fun and it's stood me well and I've managed to actually make a living out of having a bit of fun and I can recommend it. Life is just a breeze. You wake up if you're lucky, you don't want to upset anybody, you don't want anything from anybody, except you just want to share the fact that they're here, because life is people. And when I go outside whatever door I'm in, I'm in the middle of 60 million friends, and it's a great way to live.
7[on Meet Ricky Gervais (2000)] Here is the man with the shortest series in the world.
8[on his father, a bookmaker's clerk] He was honest and he was skint. I don't even bet on traffic lights.
9[on Gary Glitter] Now Gary, all he did was to take his computer into PC World to get it repaired. They went into the hard drive, saw all these dodgy pictures and told the police and the police then 'Oh we've got a famous person ... Oh my goodness, yeah we'll have them'. But Gary has not sold 'em, has not tried to sell 'em, not tried to show them in public or anything like that. It were for his own gratification. Whether it was right or wrong is, of course, it's up to him as a person. But they didn't do anything wrong but they are then demonised. If you said to that copper, what's Gary Glitter done wrong? Well nothing really. He's just sat at home watching dodgy films.
10Women know too much. I'm all for girls that don't know too much.
11Hospitals have rules with patients and things like that. Well, because I'm dyslexic when I want to be, I don't understand rules.
12[asked by Angus Deayton if he'd been a wrestler] I still am. I'm feared in every girls' school in this country.
13[when asked by Louis Theroux how he was feeling] Regularly.
14[on Margaret Thatcher] I knew the real woman and the real woman was something else. The times I spent up there [Chequers] - Denis, me and her, shoes off in front of the fire.
15I never brought any harm to anybody. I never badmouthed anybody. It sounds a bit yucky but it's my nature, it's my lifestyle. And I never thought there was a profit in being bad. There might be a profit for a few days, a few weeks, even a few years, but sooner or later you get your comeuppance. I mean, I know a million bad people but I've no desire to be one, only because it's not my nature.
16People have tried to walk over me all my life. Finish up with a broken leg... that's all right.
17When you are single it's because of some reason that you like being single. Jesus didn't find any problem with it. I don't find any problem with it. A lot of the time, people say 'What? You're still single, you've never got married? Why didn't you get married?' The answer is I haven't the faintest idea.
18What people need in life, especially young people, they need the four r's, they need to be able to read, write, reckon up and the difference between right and wrong. That's what it's all about. If you've got those things to start with, then you can do anything on that foundation.
19I had a lively couple of years, with the tabloids sniffing about, asking round the corner shops - everything - thinking there must be something the authorities knew that they didn't. Whereas in actual fact I've got to be the most boring geezer in the world because I ain't got no past. And so, if nothing else, it was a ginormous relief when I got the knighthood, because it got me off the hook.
20The people who work for me call me the Godfather. And nobody messes with the Godfather. He is the boss. The big man.
21Some of the hairy things I've done would get me 10 years inside.
22I had to look after the welfare of hundreds of youngsters. I was protecting my young patrons from drugs and other immoral influences.
23All my life I was governed by fun. Single fella, no expenses, every day is Christmas Day, every night's New Years Eve. It's all fun. It was fun when I started and it's fun today, and there's nothing wrong with a bit of fun.
24[interviewed a few days before he died] I've got to be nearly a hundred with nothing basically wrong with me apart from being a bit odd... but I've been a bit odd all my life.
25[comment by Ted Beston, the producer of his radio show] "Right from the start, we got on well together. If there was something I didn't agree with, or he didn't agree with, we'd sort it out. And at the end, we'd decide that *he* was right."
26Question One: Am I doing my thing at the cost of somebody else? Answer: No. Question Two: Am I doing my thing and getting plenty? Answer: Yes. Now if I'm a bit lucky, I don't see any reason why I shouldn't spread it about a bit, maybe, and make somebody else a bit lucky.
27I've got everything. What have I got left in life? To wake up tomorrow. Because if tomorrow is as good as today, that'll do for me.
28Don't try and get people to like you, but try to make sure they don't DISlike you.
29He's a sabra. A sabra is an Israeli fruit that's prickly on the outside and all soft and lovely inside. That's Jonathan King.


1Was the recipient of many honorary degrees and titles, almost all of which were rescinded upon his crimes being revealed.
2The nature and scale of Savile's crimes have led everyone associated with him to go to great lengths to distance themselves. The BBC has either edited footage from Savile's programmes or banned them outright, all of the hospitals who had wings bearing Savile's name had it removed, and Savile's ornate headstone in Leeds was taken down, broken into pieces, and taken to a landfill.
3Despite his family friendly persona, he was known, long before his crimes came to light, to those who worked with him as cold, vindictive and unfriendly.
4Following the revelation of his crimes, there were many calls for him to be stripped of his Knighthood and OBE (Order of The British Empire) but this is impossible due to the honors dying with the person.
5To questions about his apparent lack of a sex life, Savile claimed that he had committed himself to entertainment from an early age and he had ruled out personal ties to concentrate on his career. He said that sex was "rather like going to the bathroom".
6Spitting Image (1984) made a puppet of him which showed him, in a series of sketches, being chased around by doctors with butterfly nets.
7Irvine Welsh has acknowledged that he based his character Freddy Royle, from his 1996 story "Lorraine Goes to Livingston", on Savile. Royle, a children's TV presenter described as the nation's "favourite caring, laconic uncle", turns out to be a child molester and necrophiliac, raising millions for the hospital where he commits his crimes.
8In the 1990s, satirist Christopher Morris broadcast a spoof obituary of Savile on BBC Radio 1 which claimed he had dropped dead during the Stoke Mandeville Hospital Boxing Day party, but the patients were not mourning and wished he had suffered rather more.
9Due to his distinctive voice, mannerisms, catchphrases and dress sense, he was one of the most frequently impersonated celebrities in Britain for decades. Notable examples are by The Two Ronnies (1971), Mike Yarwood, Alistair McGowan and Tweenies (1999).
10In January 2013, a joint report by the NSPCC and Metropolitan Police, "Giving Victims a Voice", stated that 450 people had made complaints against Savile, with the period of alleged abuse stretching from 1955 to 2009 and the ages of the complainants at the time of the assaults ranging from 8 to 47. The suspected victims included 28 children aged under 10, including 10 boys aged as young as 8. A further 63 were girls aged between 13 and 16 and nearly three-quarters of his victims were under 18. Some 214 criminal offenses were recorded, with 34 rapes having been reported across 28 police forces. Savile was never charged during his lifetime.
11In October 2012, almost a year after his death, an ITV documentary examining claims of sexual abuse against Savile led to broad media coverage and a substantial and rapidly growing body of witness statements and sexual abuse claims, including accusations against public bodies for covering up or failure of duty. Scotland Yard launched a criminal investigation into allegations of child sex abuse by Savile over six decades, describing him as a "predatory sex offender", and later stated that they were pursuing over 400 lines of inquiry based on the testimony of 300 potential victims via fourteen police forces across the UK. By late October 2012, the scandal had resulted in inquiries or reviews at the BBC, within the National Health Service, the Crown Prosecution Service, and the Department of Health.
12Never married.
13Sir Peter Parker, Chairman of British Rail, was so pleased with the success of the "This is the Age of the Train" advertising campaign which Jimmy Savile fronted that he gave him a gold pass allowing him unlimited use of the British railway system.
14Left behind charity accounts totaling more than £5 million as well as a personal wealth worth at least £2.5 million. During his lifetime, he is believed to have raised £45 million for charity.
15His funeral service was held at St Anne's Roman Catholic Cathedral, Leeds, England, where he had been christened as a baby. [November 2011]
16His closed coffin was laid In-State for a short time at the Queens Hotel, Leeds, England.
17Buried in the town of Scarborough, England. As he wished, his coffin was interred at a 45-degree angle to the vertical so it was "overlooking" the sea. [November 2011]
18He held the first UK Disco.
19Gave the name to the show "Top of the Pops".
20Created the "Double Deck" that could play two vinyl records back-to-back.
21Once lived in a caravan in the back of the BBC car-park.
22He called his beloved mother by the nick-name of "The Duchess".
23In November 2009 he received an honorary degree in the arts from the University of Bedfordshire for his lifelong support of the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury, UK. He particularly supported Stoke Mandeville because he had sustained a spinal injury (from which he eventually made a full recovery) as a result of a tunnel roof-fall while he was working as a coal miner in the 1940s. In October 2012, the university announced that the degree would be posthumously rescinded following a series of sexual abuse allegations made against him following his death.
24In October 2009 traded in his ancient Volkswagen Camper van for a new model which he uses to travel the country.
25In 1962 Jimmy attempted to launch a recording career on Decca Records with the single "Ahab the Arab" written by Ray Stevens, this and its follow up "The Bossa Nova" sank quietly without trace.
26His second appearance on This Is Your Life (1969) is thought to have been a mistake by Thames TV, who had not only lost the recording of his first appearance but had completely forgotten that he had already appeared previously.
27Once pretended to be his own brother by wearing a short haired dark wig.
28Before retirement often volunteered for patient portering duties at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Bucks.
29Was a successful respected advertising icon in the 1970s. His most remembered advert was for the "wear seat belts" campaign called "clunk click every trip", which lead to widespread take-up of seat belt use. He has also advertised train journeys "let the train take the strain" and "this is the age of the train", Green Shield Stamps, Bisto Gravy (with his mother), Startrite Shoes and Dale Farm Yoghurts.
30Has run in many marathons and is thought to have helped raise over £40,000,000 for charitable causes.
31Is a member of MENSA.
32Was once voted tie-man of the year.
33His Radio Luxembourg programme for Decca in the early 60s, was known as 'The Teen & Twenty Disc Club'.
34Was a "Bevin Boy" at the end of World War 2: drafted to work in the coal mines (between 10% and 15% of conscripts were sent to the mines rather than into the military).
35Injured, although apparently not seriously, in a gas fire accident in England. [2001]
36Attended St. Anne's Roman Catholic School in Leeds, England.
37He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1972 Queen's New Years Honours List and was awarded Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 1990 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to entertainment and charity.



Young at Heart1960TV SeriesHimself - Host
TV Greats: Our Favourites from the North2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Timewatch2009TV Series documentaryHimself - Interviewee
The Most Annoying TV We Hate to Love2007TV SeriesHimself (as Sir Jimmy Savile)
Perfect Night In2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Only Fools' Top 40 Moments2006TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Sir Jimmy Savile)
Loose Women2006TV SeriesHimself
The Story of Light Entertainment2006TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Top of the Pops1964-2006TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself - Presenter / Himself / ...
Richard & Judy2006TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Big Brother2006TV SeriesHimself
The 50 Greatest Documentaries2005TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Sir Jimmy Savile OBE)
Favouritism2005TV SeriesHimself
Comic Relief 2005: Is This the Way to Amarillo2005Video shortHimself (as Sir Jimmy Savile)
Comic Relief: Red Nose Night Live 052005TV SpecialHimself
Mastermind2004TV SeriesHimself
Who Got the Bay City Rollers' Millions?2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway2004TV SeriesHimself
Stars Reunited2004TV Series documentaryHimself
S.O.U.L.--Sounds of Underground London2003TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
I'm Dreaming of a TV Christmas2003TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Sir Jimmy Savile)
The Big Breakfast2002TV SeriesHimself
Heroes of Comedy2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Living with Louis2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Happy Hour2001TV SeriesHimself
Bob Martin2001TV SeriesHimself
The RDA2001TV SeriesHimself
Top of the Pops: The True Story2001TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter, Show One
Meet Ricky Gervais2000TV SeriesHimself
I Love 1970's2000TV Series documentaryHimself - Host
When Louis Met... Jimmy2000TV Special documentaryHimself
This Is Your Life1970-2000TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Guest
Have I Got News for You1999TV SeriesHimself
Auntie's TV Favourites1997TV SeriesHimself
The Car's the Star1995TV Series documentaryHimself - Silver Cloud Owner
Jim'll Fix It1975-1994TV SeriesHimself - Presenter / Himself - Host
Digging the Dancing Queens1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
A Stab in the Dark1992TV SeriesHimself
Clive Anderson Talks Back1992TV SeriesHimself
Forty Minutes1989-1992TV Series documentaryHimself
Pebble Mill at One1991TV SeriesHimself
Jameson Tonight1990TV SeriesHimself (1990)
Central News South1989TV SeriesHimself
Children in Need1985-1986TV SeriesHimself
Television: The Magic Rectangle - An Anatomy of the TV Personality1986TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Jimmy Savile OBE)
Wogan1985TV SeriesHimself
Play It Safe1981-1983TV SeriesHimself
Parkinson1971-1982TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Star Games1979TV SeriesHimself
The Sunday Gang1976TV SeriesHimself - Guest
World in Action1975TV Series documentaryHimself - Discussion Chairman
Clunk-Click1973-1974TV SeriesHimself - Host
Nationwide1971-1974TV Series documentaryHimself
Radio Wonderful1974Documentary shortHimself
Midweek1972TV SeriesHimself
Score with the Scaffold1970TV SeriesHimself
Schlag auf Schlager1970TV MovieHimself - Host
Pop Go the Sixties!1969TV MovieHimself - Presenter
Juke Box Jury1959-1967TV SeriesHimself - Panellist
New Musical Express Poll Winners' Concert1966TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
The Eamonn Andrews Show1966TV SeriesHimself
Stars and Garters1965TV SeriesHimself
Go Go Mania1965Himself - Host
Thank Your Lucky Stars1961-1964TV SeriesHimself - Guest DJ
Ferry Cross the Mersey1964Himself
The Glad Rag Ball1964TV MovieHimself - Host
Top Beat1964TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Compère
The Big Noise1964TV SeriesHimself
Big Beat '641964TV MovieHimself - Host
World of Sport1964TV Series 1964
Just for Fun1963Himself, Disc Jockey

Archive Footage

Louis Theroux: Savile2016TV Movie documentaryHimself
Meet the Psychopaths2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Panorama2012-2015TV Series documentaryHimself
BBC News 8pm Summary2015TV Series shortHimself
Top of the Pops 22014TV SeriesHimself
Crimes That Shook Britain2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Exposure2012TV Series documentaryHimself
The Wright Stuff2012TV SeriesHimself
Newsnight2012TV SeriesHimself
Have I Got News for You2012TV SeriesHimself
The Big Fat Quiz of the 80s2012TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
The Age of the Train2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
South at Six2012TV SeriesHimself
Idris Elba's How Clubbing Changed the World2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 70s2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Top of the Pops: The Story of 19772012TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Sir Jimmy Savile at the BBC: How's About That Then?2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Sir Jimmy Savile: As It Happened2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Regional TV: Life Through a Local Lens2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Top of the Pops: The Story of 19762011TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Joy of Motoring2009TV Movie documentaryHimself - 'Clunk Click' advert
TV's Believe It or Not2008TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Jackie Magazine: A Girl's Best Friend2007TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Weird World of Louis Theroux2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Built for War2006Video documentary shortHimself
One O'Clock News2005TV SeriesHimself - Audience Member
Favouritism2005TV SeriesHimself
Best of ITV Wrestling2005VideoHimself
I Love Christmas2001TV Special documentaryHimself
I Love a 1970's Christmas2000TV Special documentaryHimself
TV Offal1998TV SeriesHimself
Never Mind the Buzzcocks1998TV SeriesHimself
Room 1011997TV SeriesHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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