Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthFebruary 3, 1927
DiedJuly 1, 2015, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
SpouseLynnette Rae
MarkSitting on a rocking chair and wearing colourful cardigans
FactDoonican effectively discovered the Irish comedian Dave Allen by giving him regular weekly slots on his TV show.


Val Doonican was born in Waterford, Ireland on 3 February 1927. His parents were both musicians and he was exposed to music from an early age. He began playing the piano at the age of four and the violin at the age of seven. He was educated at the Christian Brothers School in Waterford. He showed an early interest in show business and would often put on shows for his family and friends.

After leaving school, Doonican worked as a clerk in the Irish civil service. He also played in a number of bands in his spare time. In 1947, he joined the Royal Marines Band. He served in the band for three years and saw action during the Korean War.

After leaving the Marines, Doonican returned to Ireland and began working as a professional musician. He played in a number of bands and also worked as a solo artist. In the early 1960s, he moved to England and began working as a session musician. He also appeared on a number of television shows.

In 1964, Doonican was given his own show on the BBC. The Val Doonican Show was a variety show that featured music, comedy, and dance. It was a huge success and ran for six years.

In the 1970s, Doonican continued to tour and release albums. He also appeared on a number of television shows, including The Morecambe & Wise Show and The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour.

In the 1980s, Doonican retired from touring but continued to release albums. He also made occasional appearances on television. In 2000, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors Awards.

Doonican died on 1 July 2015 at the age of 88.

Val Doonican was a hugely successful musician and television personality. He was born in Waterford, Ireland in 1927 and was exposed to music from an early age. He began playing the piano at four and the violin at seven. He was educated at the Christian Brothers School in Waterford.

After leaving school, Doonican worked as a clerk in the Irish civil service. He also played in a number of bands in his spare time. In 1947, he joined the Royal Marines Band. He served in the band for three years and saw action during the Korean War.

After leaving the Marines, Doonican returned to Ireland and began working as a professional musician. He played in a number of bands and also worked as a solo artist. In the early 1960s, he moved to England and began working as a session musician. He also appeared on a number of television shows.

In 1964, Doonican was given his own show on the BBC. The Val Doonican Show was a variety show that featured music, comedy, and dance. It was a huge success and ran for six years.

In the 1970s, Doonican continued to tour and release albums. He also appeared on a number of television shows, including The Morecambe & Wise Show and The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour.

In the 1980s, Doonican retired from touring but continued to release albums. He also made occasional appearances on television. In 2000, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors Awards.

Doonican died on 1 July 2015 at the age of 88.

General Info

Full NameVal Doonican
Date Of BirthFebruary 3, 1927
DiedJuly 1, 2015, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
ProfessionSinger
NationalityIrish

Family

SpouseLynnette Rae
ChildrenFiona Doonican, Sarah Doonican, Delaney's Donkey, Walk Tall, The Special Years
ParentsJohn Doonican, Agnes Doonican, Delaney's Donkey, Walk Tall, The Special Years
SiblingsNed Doonican, Agnes Philomena Doonican, Nellie Dwan, Mary Doonican, Anne Regan, Lawrence Doonican, John Doonican, Oona Jackman, Delaney's Donkey, Walk Tall, The Special Years

Accomplishments

NominationsNME Award for British Male Singer, NME Award for British Vocal Personality, Delaney's Donkey, Walk Tall, The Special Years
TV ShowsThe Val Doonican Music Show

Social profile links

Marks

#Marks / Signs
1Sitting on a rocking chair and wearing colourful cardigans

Facts

#Fact
1Irish singer and entertainer who achieved star status through his Saturday night variety shows aired on BBC TV in the late 1960's and 70's.
2Doonican effectively discovered the Irish comedian Dave Allen by giving him regular weekly slots on his TV show.
3In 1951, he was invited to join a group called the Four Ramblers. The band toured England, where he met his future wife, cabaret star Lynnette Rae.
4His father died of cancer when he was 14, and he had to leave school and work in a packaging factory to help support his family. He formed a singing group with his friends when he was 10.
5Introduced to his wife by Anthony Newley.
6Youngest of 8 children.

Movies

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Christmas Eve with Val Doonican1986TV Movie written by
The Val Doonican Music Show1977-1983TV Series special material - 63 episodes
Saturday Variety1972TV Series writer - 5 episodes
The Val Doonican Show1972TV Series 1 episode
A Christmas Night with the Stars1969TV Series continuity script - 1 episode
The Val Doonican Show1967TV Series 1 episode

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Human Jungle1964TV SeriesJim Garner (guitar)

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ring of Bright Water1969performer: "Ring of Bright Water" Title Song

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Story of Variety with Michael Grade2011TV Series documentaryHimself
100 Years of the London Palladium2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Michael Ball Show2010TV SeriesHimself
Legends2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Heroes of Comedy1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Pebble Mill at One1994TV SeriesHimself - Performer
This Is Your Life1970-1992TV Series documentaryHimself / Singer
Television's Greatest Hits1992TV Series documentaryHimself
Homeward Bound1989TV SeriesHimself
Home on Sunday1987TV SeriesHimself
Christmas Eve with Val Doonican1986TV MovieHimself - Presenter
The Val Doonican Music Show1976-1986TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself
Blankety Blank1979-1980TV SeriesHimself
Seaside Special1975-1977TV SeriesHimself - Presenter / Himself
The Good Old Days1964-1977TV SeriesHimself - Performer / Himself - Guest Artist
The Val Doonican Show1970-1975TV SeriesHimself - Host
All Star Comedy Carnival1973TV MovieHimself - Performer
Whose Baby?1973TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Graham Kennedy Show1972TV SeriesHimself
Saturday Variety1972TV SeriesHimself - Host
Top of the Pops1964-1972TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1971TV SeriesHimself
Kraft Music Hall Presents: The Des O'Connor Show1970TV SeriesHimself
The Val Doonican Show1965-1970TV SeriesHimself - Host
A Christmas Night with the Stars1969TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Rolf Harris Show1969TV SeriesHimself
Dee Time1967-1968TV SeriesHimself
All Systems Freeman1968TV SeriesHimself - Singer
Juke Box Jury1965-1967TV SeriesHimself - Panellist
The Eamonn Andrews Show1965-1966TV SeriesHimself
Stars and Garters1965TV SeriesHimself - Singer
The Kathy Kirby Show1965TV SeriesHimself
Comedy Bandbox1964TV SeriesHimself
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium1964TV SeriesHimself
Thank Your Lucky Stars1963-1964TV SeriesHimself
Crackerjack!1964TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 6:25 Show1963TV SeriesHimself - Performer

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Room 1011994TV SeriesHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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