Jim Dale, (born James Smith; 15 August 1935) is an English actor, narrator, singer-songwriter, director, and composer. In the United Kingdom he is known as a pop singer of the 1950s who became a leading actor at the National Theatre. In the British film world he became one of the regulars in the . Along with Carry On series Barbara Windsor, he is one of the last surviving regulars of the series. In the United States he is most recognised as a leading actor on Broadway, where he had roles in Scapino, , Barnum Candide and Me and My Girl, as well as for narrating all seven of the audiobooks in the American market (for which he received two Harry Potter Grammy Awards out of six nominations) and the ABC series (2007-2009); he also starred in the Pushing Daisies Disney film (1977). He was nominated for a Pete's Dragon BAFTA Award for portraying a young Spike Milligan in (1973).
Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall
As a lyricist, Dale was nominated for both an
Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for the song " Georgy Girl", the theme for the 1966 film of the same name.
Dale was born James Smith, to William Henry and Miriam Jean (
née Wells) Smith in Rothwell, Northamptonshire. He was educated at  Kettering Grammar School. He trained as a dancer for six years before his debut as a stage comic in 1951. He did two years of  national service in the Royal Air Force.  
As a songwriter, Dale is best remembered as the lyricist for the film theme "Georgy Girl", for which he was nominated for the
Academy Award for Best Original Song and the  Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song in 1966. The song (performed by the Seekers) reached number 2 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart the following year, it also made number 3 in Dale's native UK and Number 1 in Australia, going on to sell over 11 million records around the world. He also wrote lyrics for the title song of the films The Winter's Tale, , Shalako ( Twinky Lola in the United States), and .
At the age of 22 he became the first pop singer to work with
George Martin, who produced all his hit records. Several of his songs entered the UK Singles Chart, including "Be My Girl" (1957, UK No. 2), "Just Born (To Be Your Baby)" (1958, UK No. 27), "Crazy Dream" (1958, UK No. 24) and "Sugartime" (1958, UK No. 25). 
In 1957, Dale was one of the presenters on
BBC Television's . Six-Five Special He also wrote and recorded the song "Dick-a-Dum-Dum (King's Road)", which became a hit for  Des O'Connor in 1969. 
Dale's film debut was in
Six Five Special (1958), a spin-off from the BBC TV series of the same name. This film was also released under the name  Calling All Cats. He then had a tiny role as a trombone player who thwarts orchestral conductor  Kenneth Williams in the comedy (1961). However, he is best known in Britain for his appearances in eleven Raising the Wind , Carry On films a long-running series of comedy farces, generally playing the hapless romantic lead. His  Carry On career began in small roles: first as an expectant father in (1963), and was followed by Carry On Cabby (1963). From Carry On Jack (1964) onwards, his roles were more substantial. Following Carry On Spying (1964), his first principal role was Carry On Cleo (1965), set in the Carry On Cowboy Wild West, where he played an immigrant English sanitary engineer called Marshall P. Knutt who is mistakenly hired as a police marshal. Then came (1966), Carry On Screaming!  (1966), Don't Lose Your Head (1967), Follow That Camel (1967), Carry On Doctor (1969) and the 1992 revival Carry On Again Doctor .
Carry On Columbus
Dale played Harold, the policeman in the 1965 comedy film
with two of his regular Carry On co-stars: The Big Job Sidney James and Joan Sims. He played Dr. Terminus in Walt Disney's (1977). Pete's Dragon In the 1978  Walt Disney comedy film , Hot Lead and Cold Feet , he played three characters, including both lead male parts, whilst 1973 saw him co-star in  .
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At the age of 18, Dale became one of the youngest professional comedians in Britain, touring all the variety music halls.
In 1970 Sir
Laurence Olivier invited Dale to join the  National Theatre Company in London, then based at the Old Vic. At the Young Vic Theatre, he created the title role in (ca. 1970), which he co-adapted with Scapino Frank Dunlop,  and played Petruchio in  . The Taming of the Shrew 
His other UK credits include
(1973), The Card and  The Wayward Way in London. He appeared in as Autolycus and The Winter's Tale as Bottom at the Edinburgh Festivals in 1966 and 1967 for Frank Dunlop's Pop Theatre. A Midsummer Night's Dream He took over the part of  Fagin in Cameron Mackintosh's at the Oliver! London Palladium in September 1995. 
For his Broadway performances, Dale has been nominated for five
Tony Awards, winning one for (1980) for which the Barnum described him as "The Toast of Broadway", New York Times also winning the second of five Drama Desk Awards, and the second of five Outer Critics Awards.  Other work includes  Scapino (1974) (Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Award, Tony Award Nomination), (1985) (Outer Critics Award, Tony Award Nomination), Joe Egg (1986) Me and My Girl (1997) (Tony Award Nomination), The Threepenny Opera (2006) for the Roundabout Theatre Company. Dale played Mister Peacham and won a Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics' Award, The Richard Seff Award and a Tony Award nomination.
Credits Off-Broadway include
(1995) Travels with My Aunt (Drama Desk Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Outer Critics Award),  (1989), Privates On Parade  (2003) Comedians (Drama Desk Award nomination and a Lucille Lortel Award nomination) and  (2004). Address Unknown 
Dale's other stage work includes
as Petruchio with the Young Vic, London (1970) and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York (1974); The Taming of the Shrew U.S. tour (1984), The Music Man and  at the Cleveland Play House (1998). The Invisible Man He played the part of Ebenezer Scrooge in  at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, from 28 November to 27 December 2003. A Christmas Carol: The Musical  
In November 2006 Dale starred as Charlie Baxter in a one-night only concert version of the Sherman brothers musical,
alongside Busker Alley Glenn Close. This was a benefit for the York Theatre Company, and was held at Hunter College in New York City. He wrote and appeared in his one-man show,  Just Jim Dale, looking back over nearly sixty years in show business. It opened on 15 May 2014 at the Roundabout Theatre Company Laura Pels Theatre, winning Dale his fifth Outer Critics Circle Award, and his fifth Drama Desk Award. 
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Dale opened every episode of the ABC drama (2009) as the Pushing Daisies unseen narrator.  
In the United States, Jim Dale is known as the "voice" of
Harry Potter. He has recorded all seven books in the Harry Potter series as audiobooks, and as a narrator he has won two  Grammy Awards (in 2001 and 2008) and received seven Grammy nominations and a record ten  Audie Awards including "Audio Book of the Year 2004" for  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, "Best Children's Narrator 2001/2005/2007/2008," "Best Children's Audio Book 2005," two Benjamin Franklin Awards from the Independent Book Publishers Association (one of these was in 2001 for  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) and 23  Earphone Awards.
He narrates the
Harry Potter video games and many of the interactive "extras" on the Harry Potter DVD releases. He also holds one current and two former Guinness World Records. He holds one current record for occupying the first six places in the Top Ten Audio Books of America and Canada 2005. Previously he held records for creating the most character voices for an audiobook (134 for  in 2003, followed by 146 voices for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2007), , though the record was later awarded to  Roy Dotrice for his 2004 recording of . A Game of Thrones Dale opened every episode of the  ABC drama as the Pushing Daisies unseen narrator.  
In the early 1960s, Dale presented
on Children's Favourites BBC Radio, for a year.
(2004) audio book, Peter and the Starcatchers and its three sequels.
In 2018, Dale narrated
SPIN: The Rumpelstiltskin Musical by Edelman and Fishman, noted as being the first audiobook musical of its kind. SPIN was released by Harper Audio on 9 January 2018. 
In 2019, Dale narrated
Puss In Boots a Musical, by Edelman and Fishman, adapted for the audiobook by Edelman, Fishman, and Khristine Hvam, released by Harper Audio on 27 August 2019.
In 2003, he was awarded the
MBE, as part of the Queen's Birthday Honours List, for his work in promoting children's English literature. 
The New York Times 
Awards and nominations
Playbillvault;  Audio Publisher   Awards 1966 International Laurel Award - Best Song -
Georgy Girl 1974 Drama Desk Award - Outstanding Performance -
Scapino 1974 Outer Critics Circle Award - Outstanding Actor -
Scapino 1980 Drama Desk Award - Outstanding Actor in a Musical -
Barnum 1980 Tony Award - Best Actor in a Musical -
Barnum 1984 Outer Critics Circle Award - Outstanding Actor -
Joe Egg 1995 Drama Desk Award - Unique Theatrical Ensemble Experience -
Travels with My Aunt 1995 Outer Critics Circle Award - Outstanding Actor -
Travels with My Aunt 2001 Grammy Award - Best Spoken Word Album for Children -
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2001 Audie Award - Narrator of the Year -
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2004 Audie Award - Audiobook of the year -
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2004 Audie Award - Children's Male Narrator of the Year -
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2005 Audie Award - Classic Narrator -
A Christmas Carol 2005 Audie Award - Male Narrator of the Year -
Peter and the Star Catchers 2005 Audie Award - Children's Narrator -
Peter and the Starcatchers 2006 Thespian Award - Friars Club, New York.
2006 Drama Desk Award - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical -
The Threepenny Opera 2006 Outer Critics Circle Award - Outstanding Actor -
The Threepenny Opera 2006 The Richard Seff Award -
The Threepenny Opera 2006 The Order of St. George's Society, New York
2007 Audie Award - Male Narrator of the Year -
Peter and the Shadow Thieves 2008 Audie Award - Solo Narrator -
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2008 Grammy Award - Best Spoken Word Album for Children -
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2009 Audie Award - Children's male Narrator of the Year -
James Herriot's Treasury For Children Twenty-three Audiofile Headphone Awards
2009 - Inducted into the
American Theater Hall of Fame.  2018 - Urban Stages' 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award
 2019 Audie Award - Original Work -
SPIN - The Rumpelstiltskin Musical 2019 SOVAS Awards - Audiobook Narration (Infant to 12) - Puss in Boots: A Musical  Nominations 1967 Academy Award - Best Music, Original Song -
Georgy Girl (shared with Tom Springfield for the song "Georgy Girl") 1967 Golden Globe Award - Best Music, Original Song -
Georgy Girl (shared with Tom Springfield for the song "Georgy Girl") 1974 BAFTA Academy Award - Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles -
Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall 1975 Tony Award - Best Actor in Play -
Scapino 1985 Drama Desk Award - Outstanding Actor in a Play -
Joe Egg 1985 Tony Award - Best Actor in Play -
Joe Egg 1997 Drama Desk Award - Outstanding Actor in a Musical -
Candide 1997 Tony Award - Best Actor in a Musical -
Candide 2003 Drama Desk Award - Outstanding Actor in a Play -
Comedians 2006 Tony Award - Best Featured Actor in a Musical - The Threepenny Opera
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