Johnny Beattie MBE
Comedian, entertainer and actor John "Johnny" Beattie MBE was born 9th November, 1927 in Govan, Glasgow, Scotland. His career has spanned six decades and he is perhaps best known as being a Scottish variety entertainer who is regarded among the Scottish variety greats such as Jack Milroy, Rikki Fulton and Stanley Baxter.
Johnny the son of a road sweeper was brought up inand attended nearby St Constantine's Primary, recently on hearing that the school building was now a nursing home Johnny joked that he could end up finishing his life out where it had started. Johnny was also a pupil at St Gerard's Secondary school, despite being the school Dux there he left to start an apprenticeship in the Fairfield shipyard. At 18 years old Johnny was called up for National Service and he joined the Royal Marines as an engineer and served in Malaya immediately after the war.
After his National Service Johnny returned to the shipyard at Fairfield where he entertained workmates with comical banter that the yards were renowned for, Johnny himself later described the yards as "Comedy Workshops". While at the yards Johnny became involved with amateur dramatics and teamed up with Wally Butler in the comedy duo Butler & Beattie performing at the annual students 'College Pudding Show'.
Johnny left Fairfield to turn professional after being discovered by singer and international star Robert Wilson. In the following years Johnny's career blossomed performing in the Scottish music hall and variety show tradition in theatres up and down the country and also touring Canada and U.S.A with the Alexander Brothers and famously in 1959 played the Waldorf Astoria in New York and the Miners' Club in Cowdenbeath in the same week.
Johnny was also a popular pantomime dame regularly playing in some of Scotland's biggest pantomimes. He was also a regular and favourite at the Rothesay Winter Gardens and the Gaiety Theatre in Ayr appearing in the Theatre's sixtieth anniversary 'Gaiety Whirl Show' in 1990.
Johnny's has a love for the Scottish Music Hall greats and this is seen in Johnny's brilliant tributes to the greats such as; Will Fyffe, Dave Willis, Tommy Morgan and Lex McLean at the annual 'Pride of the Clyde' show.
Johnny is a versatile performer and has appeared in films such as 'The Big Man', he has been a DJ for the BBC and Radio Clyde and has appeared in over 200 TV shows including 'Welcome to the Ceilidh', 'Scotch and Wry', 'Taggart', 'A Grand Tour' and the host of the STV quiz show 'Now You See It', more recently he is known for playing the popular character Malcolm Hamilton in the Glasgow based BBC Scotland soap opera 'River City'. He also has had two hit records, 'Scotch on the Rocks' and 'The Glasgow Rap'.
Johnny is also a popular after dinner speaker and once wrote a speech for ex U.S president Ronald Reagan. He is also involved in several children's charities and is a supporter of St Margaret of Scotland hospice in Clydebank and is an ambassador of the Variety Club of Great Britain. In 1981 he was awarded the Benno Schotz sculpture for T.V. Personality of the Year and in 1993 recieved the Lord Provost's Performing Arts award. Johnny was also made Honorary President of the Scottish Music Hall & Variety Theatre Society in 2004. He received an MBE in the Queen's 2007 Birthday Honours list for his lifelong services to entertainment and charity and 2012 was awarded Glasgow's Loving Cup for the honour and recognition he has brought to the city. In 2012 a diamond celebration was held in the Citizens Theatre in which many celebrities paid tribute to Johnny.
Johnny was married to model Kitty Lamont who sadly died of cancer in 1993, Johnny and Kitty had four children Paul, Mark and two daughters Maureen and Louise who are also actors.
Johnny is very proud to be a Govanite and was back in Govan in 2012 to crown the Govan Fair Queen and as after dinner speaker at theCentenary Dinner. Johnny has definitely done Govan proud.
|Full Name||John Gerard Beattie|
|Date of birth||9th November 1927|
|Place of Birth||Govan, Glasgow, Scotland|
|Career||Comedian, Entertainer & Actor|
Honours & Awards
|Benno Schotz Award (TV Person. of Year)||
|Lord Provost's Performing Arts Award||
|Hon. President of SMHVTS||
|Member of the Order of the British Empire||
|Glasgow's Loving Cup||
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