Max Bacon (actor)

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Max David Bacon (1 March 1904, London, England, UK – 3 December 1969, London, England, UK) was a British actor, comedian and musician (drummer and occasional vocalist in Ambrose's band).[1] Although he was British-born, his comedic style centred on his pseudo-European, Yiddish accent and in his straight-faced mispronunciation of words.


Bacon's father came from a leather-working family to London from Katowice, then in Galicia in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. In London, his father worked as a basket-weaver.

Before becoming a character actor, Bacon was a drummer in Britain during the 1920s and 1930s. He was taught by the vocalist and drummer Harry Bentley. After a couple of years at the Florida Club with Ronnie Munro's band he began a long association with Ambrose's Orchestra, with whom he recorded as drummer and occasionally as Yiddish vocalist. In the late 1930s he had become well known enough to tour the halls in his own right and as part of a touring unit known as the Ambrose Octet with Evelyn Dall, among others.

He lived in his later years at The White House, a hotel near Great Portland Street, London, now known as the Melia White House, in Albany Street. He never married.

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