|Genres:||Comedy Movies Drama Movies Holiday & Seasonal Kids & Family Movies Musicals & The Arts Soundtrack Vocals War Shows & Movies|
|Tags:||musical broadway phantom of the opera soundtrack opera musicals male vocalists michael crawford|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
Michael Patrick Dumble-Smith, 19 January 1942, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England. This actor and singer came to worldwide fame when he played the leading role in Andrew Lloyd Webbers hit musical, The Phantom Of The Opera, in 1986. Crawfords father was a fighter pilot during World War II and died six months before his son was born. He sang in the school choir and later toured in the original productions of Benjamin Brittens Lets Make An Opera and Noyes Fluddle. While still a teenager he changed his name to Crawford (after seeing it on a biscuit box), and worked extensively in radio, and in films and television programmes for children. In 1964 he appeared in the late-night satirical BBC television series Not So Much A Programme, More A Way Of Life, and created the character of Byron, a rocker who was thought to be typical of the swinging 60s. He also made a number of movies including The War Lover, starring Steve McQueen, Two Left...