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  1. Victor Oliver von Samek (8 July 1898 – 15 August 1964), known as Vic Oliver, was an Austrian-born British actor and radio comedian.

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    Victor Oliver von Samek (8 July 1898 – 15 August 1964), known as Vic Oliver, was an Austrian-born British actor and radio comedian.

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    He was born in Vi­enna into a Jew­ish fam­ily, the son of Baron Vik­tor von Samek. He stud­ied med­i­cine at Vi­enna Uni­ver­sity but aban­doned it for his first love, music. For a time he stud­ied under Mahler. Dur­ing the First World War he served in the Aus­trian Cav­alry. After the war he worked as a banker and a tex­tile man­u­fac­turer be­fore re­turn­ing to music. In 1926 he vis­ited the United Statesas a con­duc­tor and vi­o­lin­ist.

    He dis­cov­ered his gift for com­edy by chance when he had to apol­o­gise to his au­di­ence for some­thing. A new ca­reer as a co­me­dian took him all over the United States. He reached the Palace The­atre, New York in 1929 and the Lon­don Pal­la­dium two years later. This es­tab­lished him in the United King­domand, with his def­er­en­tial, mod­est hu­mour, he be­came very pop­u­lar. He was kept busy in mu­si­cal re­vues, va­ri­ety and pantomime. He was Roy Plom­ley's very first "cast­away" guest on Desert Is­land Discs, on 29 Jan­u­ary 1942.This lost broad­cast was re­called in 2012 in a BBC radio doc­u­men­tary about Oliver's life in Britain. He starred in the BBC radio show Hi, Gang! and ap­peared in many oth­ers, in­clud­ing Dis­cord in Three Flats (1962) with Ci­cely Court­nei­dge and Jack Hul­bert. He played the vi­o­lin (de­lib­er­ately badly in his shows). He had as­pi­ra­tions as a con­duc­tor and founded the Vic Oliver Con­cert Or­ches­tra which gave light clas­si­cal con...

    Oliver played ten­nis, foot­ball and hockey as a youth and be­came ju­nior ten­nis cham­pion of Aus­tria in 1914. After ar­riv­ing in the United King­dom in 1936, Oliver be­came a sup­porter of First Di­vi­sion club Brent­ford and was vice-pres­i­dent of the club in the early 1950s.He later be­came pres­i­dent of the Brent­ford Sup­port­ers' Club. As a Jew, his name was re­port­edly listed on a Nazi black­list (known as "The Black Book") of peo­ple to be ar­rested (and killed) im­me­di­ately in the event of a suc­cess­ful Ger­man in­va­sion of Britain. Oliver mar­ried Win­ston Churchill's daugh­ter, Sarah, in 1936. They had be­come se­cretly en­gaged when they were ap­pear­ing to­gether in a C.B. Cochran revue. Churchill did not ap­prove of him. There was noth­ing what­ever against Oliver's char­ac­ter but he had been di­vorced at least once, pos­si­bly twice. Some thought there was neg­a­tiv­ity also to­wards those in­volved with music halls. There is an anec­dote that, at a din­ne...

    Oliver is briefly por­trayed in the 2002 film The Gath­er­ing Storm. He was played by Ger­rard McArthur.

    Oliver, Vic (1954). Mr. Showbusiness: The autobiography of Vic Oliver(hardcover) (First ed.). London: Harrap.

  4. Vic Oliver was born on July 8, 1898 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria] as Viktor Oliver Von Samek. He is known for his work on Give Us the Moon (1944), He Found a Star (1941) and Hi Gang! (1941). He was married to Natalie Conder and Sarah Churchill. He died on August 15, 1964 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

    • Viktor Oliver Von Samek
    • August 15, 1964 in Johannesburg, South Africa
  5. Jan 26, 2012 · Born Victor Oliver von Samek in Vienna, Austria in 1898, Oliver's fame peaked during World War II. His hit BBC radio series Hi Gang! was so successful that it had film and theatre spin-offs.

  6. Titles read: "Now Pathetone has pleasure in presenting - The famous American Variety Star - VIC OLIVER".London (probably Pathe studio).Variety star / comedia...

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