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Barry Humphries

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    • February 17th, 1934
John Barry Humphries, AO, CBE (born 17 February 1934) is an Australian comedian, satirist, dadaist, artist, author and character actor, perhaps best known for his on-stage and television alter egos Dame Edna Everage, a Melbourne housewife and "gigastar", and Sir Les Patterson, Australia's foul-mouthed cultural attaché to the Court of St. James's. He is a film producer and script writer, a star of London's West End musical theatre, an award-winning writer and an accomplished landscape painter. For his delivery of dadaist and absurdist humour to millions, biographer Anne Pender described Humphries in 2010 as not only the most significant theatrical figure of our time … [but] the most significant comedian to emerge since Charlie Chaplin. Humphries' characters, especially Dame Edna Everage, have brought him international renown, and he has appeared in numerous films, stage productions and television shows. Originally conceived as a dowdy Moonee Ponds housewife who caricatured Australian suburban complacency and insularity, Edna has evolved over four decades to become a satire of stardom, the gaudily dressed, acid-tongued, egomaniacal, internationally feted Housewife Gigastar, Dame Edna Everage. Humphries' other major satirical character creation was the archetypal Australian bloke Barry McKenzie, who originated as the hero of a comic strip about Australians in London (with drawings by Nicholas Garland) which was first published in Private Eye magazine. The stories about "Bazza" (Humphries' nickname, as well as an Australian term of endearment for the name Barry) gave wide circulation to Australian slang, particularly jokes about drinking and its consequences (much of which was invented by Humphries), and the character went on to feature in two Australian films, in which he was portrayed by Barry Crocker. Humphries' other satirical characters include the "priapic and inebriated cultural attaché" Sir Les Patterson, who has "continued to bring worldwide discredit upon Australian arts and culture, while contributing as much to the Australian vernacular as he has borrowed from it", gentle, grandfatherly "returned gentleman" Sandy Stone, iconoclastic 1960s underground film-maker Martin Agrippa, Paddington socialist academic Neil Singleton, sleazy trade union official Lance Boyle, high-pressure art salesman Morrie O'Connor and failed tycoon Owen Steele. Description above from the Wikipedia article Barry Humphries, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Filmography

Acting (22 Credits)

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2016Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie as Charlie / Dame Edna
2015Blinky Bill the Movie as Wombo (voice)Watch Free
2014Jack Irish: Dead Point as Justice Logan
2013Justin and the Knights of Valour as Braulio (voice)
2012The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as Great Goblin
2012Kath & Kimderella as Dame Edna Everage
2009Mary and Max as Narrator (voice)
2008Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!Watch Free
2005Da Kath & Kim Code as John Monk
2005Da Kath & Kim Code as John Monk
2003Finding Nemo as Bruce (voice)
2002Nicholas Nickleby as Mrs. Crummies/Mr. Leadville
1997Welcome to Woop Woop as Blind Wally
1997Spice World as Kevin McMaxford
1996The Leading Man as Humphrey Beal
1995Napoleon as Kangaroo (voice)
1994Immortal Beloved as Clemens Metternich
1981Shock Treatment as Bert Schnick
1972The Adventures of Barry McKenzie as Aunt Edna Everage
1968The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom as Mr. Wainwright
1968The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom as Mr. Wainwright
1967Bedazzled as Envy
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