Victor Oliver von Samek (8 July 1898 – 15 August 1964), known as Vic Oliver, was an Austrian-born British actor and radio comedian.
Vic Oliver was born on July 8, 1898 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary 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
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Jan 26, 2012 · Vic Oliver was welcomed on to the first ever Desert Island Discs programme as a "comedian, lightning club manipulator, violinist and comedy trick cyclist", according to the surviving scripts.
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He was born in Vienna, 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 States as 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 Kingdom and with his deferential, modest humour, he became very popular. He was kept busy in musical revues, variety and pantomime. 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 (de...
After arriving in the United Kingdom in 1936, Oliver became a supporter of Division One side Brentford and was vice-president of the club in the early 1950s. He later became president of the Brentford Supporters' Club.
Oliver is briefly portrayed in the 2002 film The Gathering Storm. He was played by Gerrard McArthur.Rhythm in the Air(1936)Who's Your Lady Friend?(1937)Meet Mr. Penny(1938)Around the Town(1938)
Victor Oliver von Samek (8 July 1898 – 15 August 1964), known as Vic Oliver, was an Austrian-born British actor and radio comedian. Tags: actor and radio comedian austrian birth day 8 birth month july birth year 1898 death day 15 death month august death year 1964
Vic Oliver, born as Victor Oliver von Samek, a popular comedian and musician (1936–1945) (divorced) Anthony Beauchamp (1949–1957) (widowed) Thomas Percy Henry Touchet-Jesson, 23rd Baron Audley (1962–1963) (widowed)
Sep 25, 1982 · She fell in love with Vic Oliver, an Austrian comedian 17 years her senior who was associated with the show. They married in 1936, much to her father's distress. Worked in Photo Intelligence
Read all about the history of Desert Island Discs. ... castaway was the popular Viennese comedian, actor and musician, Vic Oliver. The first piece of music chosen by Vic Oliver, and therefore by ...
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