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Tommy Cooper

(1921-1984), Comedian

Thomas Frederick ('Tommy') Cooper

Sitter in 7 portraits
A popular and much-loved comedian, Cooper was famous for his trademark 'fez' hat, for his act as the magician whose tricks always went wrong and for his catchphrase 'just like that'. His minimalist humour was visual as well as verbal, and universal in its appeal. By 1957, Cooper was starring at major venues in America as well as the UK, and he soon had his own television series. His highly successful career was cut short by a fatal heart attack during a performance at Her Majesty's Theatre, London.

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Tommy Cooper, by Count Zichy, for  Baron Studios - NPG x125701

Tommy Cooper

by Count Zichy, for Baron Studios
half-plate film negative, 1954
NPG x125701

Tommy Cooper, by Count Zichy, for  Baron Studios - NPG x125702

Tommy Cooper

by Count Zichy, for Baron Studios
half-plate film negative, 1954
NPG x125702

Tommy Cooper, by Bob Collins - NPG x35147

Tommy Cooper

by Bob Collins
bromide fibre print, 1958
NPG x35147

Tommy Cooper, by Unknown photographer - NPG x198498

Tommy Cooper

by Unknown photographer
gelatin silver print, 1966
NPG x198498

Tommy Cooper, by John Claridge - NPG x199385

Tommy Cooper

by John Claridge
giclée print, 1967
NPG x199385

Tommy Cooper, by Michael Dyer - NPG x87183

Tommy Cooper

by Michael Dyer
C-type colour print, July 1976
NPG x87183

Tommy Cooper, by Patrick Lichfield - NPG x128497

Tommy Cooper

by Patrick Lichfield
giclée colour print, July 1980
NPG x128497


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