Who is Des O’Connor? Des O’Connor Bio/Wiki
Desmond Bernard O’Connor was an actor, singer, and TV host from England. He was born on 12 January 1932 in Stepney, East London, England.
Des O’Connor died, his agent has confirmed, at the age of 88.
RIP Des O’Connor. A lovely man…🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/18QItazenv
— Danny John-Jules🇩🇲 (@DannyJohnJules) November 15, 2020
He was 88 years old.
O’Connor was married four times and described the loss of his fascination with work as the end of his first three marriages. He married long-term girlfriend Jodie Brooke Wilson in 2007, who was 37 years his junior, and when O’Connor was 72, he gave birth to their son Adam.
Beginning with The Des O’Connor Show in 1963, which lasted for ten years, he was a long-time TV chat-show host.
He has hosted game shows, including Take Your Pick from 1992 to 1999, and for two years between 2007 and 2008, the long-running Channel 4 game show Countdown.
O’Connor released 36 albums and had four top-ten hits, including a number-one hit with “I Pretend,” with over 16 million records sold worldwide. Well known for his friendship with comedians Morecambe and Wise, his ability to sing was often light-heartedly mocked on their show, with O’Connor taking part in the sketches.
In April 2012, with guests including Katherine Kelly, Olly Murs, Robert Lindsay, and Melanie Sykes, ITV aired The One and Only Des O’Connor, a one-off show celebrating O’Connor’s 80th birthday. With his one-man show, O’Connor toured theatres across the UK in 2017.
He died in hospital on 14 November 2020 after a fall at his home, at the age of 88. The news confirmed by his agent.
Very sad news to hear Des O’Connor has died, to be on his show in 2012 was a highlight after watching him throughout my childhood. An icon on TV, a gentleman and one of the best! Rest in peace Des x pic.twitter.com/aMdq9hTf77
— Olly Murs (@ollymurs) November 15, 2020
I had the absolute pleasure of working with Des O’Connor in The Wizard of Oz. He was a perfect gentleman, with a glisten in his eye & that old school hard working mind set. He did 8 shows a week for 3 months & didn’t take a show off at 80 years old. I loved Des. What a legend. pic.twitter.com/3fyL0FLESW
— sophie evans (@SophieEvans) November 15, 2020