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2 Tommy Cooper quizzes and 20 Tommy Cooper trivia questions.
  Bottle, Glass; Glass, Bottle    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Tommy Cooper was one of the real greats during the 1960s and '70s on UK television. Test your knowledge of the man here.
Tough, 10 Qns, romeomikegolf, Mar 23 09
romeomikegolf gold member
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  Tommy "Just Like That" Cooper    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A quiz based on the fabulous comedian Tommy Cooper.
Average, 10 Qns, McrLove, Dec 31 09
316 plays

Tommy Cooper Trivia Questions

1. Where was Tommy born?

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Tommy "Just Like That" Cooper

Answer: Caerphilly, Wales

Tommy was born in Caerphilly, Wales on 19th March 1921. His family moved to England when he was three.

2. Which part of the armed forces was Tommy called up for?

From Quiz Tommy "Just Like That" Cooper

Answer: Army

Tommy was spent his national service as a trooper in the Royal Horse Guards regiment in 1940. He was demobbed in 1947.

3. On leaving school, which profession did Tommy Cooper initially follow?

From Quiz Bottle, Glass; Glass, Bottle

Answer: Shipwright

As a young lad in Exeter, Tommy helped his parents in their ice cream van, but didn't stay after he left school. He moved to Hythe in Hampshire to become a shipwright.

4. How did Tommy get his trademark fez?

From Quiz Tommy "Just Like That" Cooper

Answer: During a sketch he forgot his pith helmet and borrowed a waiter's fez

Tommy was in Egypt with the army and during a sketch he forgot his pith helmet. He grabbed a passing waiter's fez and got laughs from it and so it stayed with him until he died. Tommy was always recognised as wearing a fez.

5. Tommy Cooper was called up to National Service in 1940. In which regiment of the British Army did he serve?

From Quiz Bottle, Glass; Glass, Bottle

Answer: Royal Horse Guards

Part of the Household Cavalry, and initially formed by Cromwell in 1650, the Regiment has had several names, one of which was nicknamed The Blues. This, in 1969, led to the formation of The Blues and Royals when they amalgamated with the Royal Dragoons. When Tommy served with them, they were part of Montgomery's Desert Rats. Tommy was wounded in the arm and then joined the NAAFI entertainment service.

6. On what BBC TV show did Tommy make his debut?

From Quiz Tommy "Just Like That" Cooper

Answer: New To You

Tommy made his TV debut on the BBC's show 'New To You' in 1948. His television career lasted until his death.

7. Tommy Cooper's trademark was a fez. If things had gone to plan what might it have been?

From Quiz Bottle, Glass; Glass, Bottle

Answer: Pith helmet

Tommy developed his interest in magic after being given a gift set as a young lad. One day in Egypt, as part of a NAAFI entertainment, he came to a part of his act which should have included his wearing a pith helmet. Having forgotten to take it along he borrowed a fez from a passing waiter. The reaction he got from the crowd prompted him to develop his particular mix of magic and slapstick and the fez became his trademark.

8. What nickname did he have for his wife Gwen?

From Quiz Tommy "Just Like That" Cooper

Answer: Dove

Gwen and Tommy were married until the day he died. They had two children together, Thomas and Vicky.

9. What was Tommy's catchphrase?

From Quiz Tommy "Just Like That" Cooper

Answer: Just Like That

Many people have remembered Tommy for one thing, his memorable catchphrase which is listed as one of the "50 Most Memorable Catchphrases" according to Channel 4 in the UK. Many comedians regard this as a classic catchphrase.

10. Although best remembered for his TV performances, Tommy Cooper also appeared in a few films. The one he is best remembered for also starred a great friend, Eric Sykes. What was this short film called?

From Quiz Bottle, Glass; Glass, Bottle

Answer: The Plank

"The Plank" was a short film of just under an hour made in 1967. It was virtually silent, the dialogue consisting of a series of grunts to convey the appropriate emotion. It portrayed the efforts of two inept workmen, Cooper and Sykes, trying to deliver planks of wood to a building site.

11. What did Tommy Cooper die from?

From Quiz Tommy "Just Like That" Cooper

Answer: Heart Attack

Tommy suffered his first heart attack in 1977 which forced him to quit smoking his beloved cigars. He smoked 40 a day and suffered from chronic indigestion, lumbago, sciataca and severe circulation problems in both legs.

12. Following a "Royal Variety Show", Tommy was introduced to the Queen and asked if he could have tickets to which event?

From Quiz Bottle, Glass; Glass, Bottle

Answer: FA Cup Final

The conversation is recorded as this: "Do you think I was funny?" Tommy asked "Yes Tommy." was the reply "You really thought I was funny?" he asked again "Yes of course I thought you were funny." "Did your mother think I was funny?" "Yes Tommy, we both thought you were funny." "Do you mind if I ask you a personal question?" "No, but I might not be able to give you a full answer." "Do you like football?" "Well, not really." "Can I have your Cup Final tickets?"

13. Who had his own tribute show to Tommy?

From Quiz Tommy "Just Like That" Cooper

Answer: Jerome Flynn

Jerome Flynn's tribute show has toured with the name 'Just Like That'. It has since discontinued touring.

14. Tommy Cooper once nearly killed another British TV icon. Who had the lucky escapee?

From Quiz Bottle, Glass; Glass, Bottle

Answer: Michael Parkinson

It was during an interview that Cooper cajoled Parkinson to take part in a routine that involved a guillotine. Tommy forgot to apply a safety catch to the device. It was only the last minute intervention by a vigilant floor manager that averted a disaster.

15. What was unveiled in 2008?

From Quiz Tommy "Just Like That" Cooper

Answer: Statue

A statue was unveiled on 23rd February 2008 by Sir Anthony Hopkins who is also Welsh. A red nose was placed on it to celebrate Red Nose Day 2009 but it was stolen.

16. When Tommy Cooper left the military, he began performing at a variety of venues around the country. At which London theatre did he, at one point, perform 52 shows per week?

From Quiz Bottle, Glass; Glass, Bottle

Answer: The Windmill

Tommy began his showbiz career on Christmas Eve 1947 and began touring variety clubs. The Windmill was a renowned London venue where many post war comedy acts began their careers. It's not known exactly where Tommy developed his routine of failed tricks, but three possibilities are: during shows to his fellow dockyard workers, his time in the army, or at a post war audition where his act went disastrously wrong but was still enjoyed by the panel.

17. On what television show did Tommy die?

From Quiz Tommy "Just Like That" Cooper

Answer: Live At Her Majesty's

Tommy died on 15th April 1984 of a heart attack live on television which was viewed by millions. Everyone today remembers the day they saw Tommy die. Many people didn't think it was serious and thought it was part of his act.

18. Tommy Cooper passed away in 1984. Where was he when he collapsed for the final time?

From Quiz Bottle, Glass; Glass, Bottle

Answer: On stage

On the 15th April 1984 Tommy was appearing on the TV show "Live from Her Majesty's" when he suffered a heart attack in front of the camera. The audience thought it was all part of the act, until it became apparent that he really was seriously ill. He was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital. He was later cremated at Mortlake. He was survived by his wife, son and daughter.

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