The former Family Fortunes host died at his daughter’s home last night after suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, his family confirmed. Bygraves retired to Australia from Britain in 2005, nine years ago he celebrated 60 years in showbiz. In theatre he packed the London Palladium 100s of times, on television he appeared in several ATV variety series such as Sunday Night at the London Palladium, Saturday Spectacular and his own series Max.
He was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1961 and made an OBE in 1982. As well as entertainment he also turned his hand to acting in shows such as Drama 64 and performed in ITV religious series such as Highway and Stars on Sunday. From 1983 to 1986 he hosted long running game show Family Fortunes and made regular appearances singing on TV in shows such as Halls of Fame, The Royal Variety Performance and Blackpool Night Out. Max recorded numerous albums, which his website notes “These albums outsold Presley, Sinatra and Crosby. At one stage he had three albums in the Top Twenty, and another four in the Top Thirty.”
Below is the infamous Family Fortunes with a lot of turkey on the menu.
Max Bygraves 1922 – 2012