Bernard Cribbins was an English actor and singer whose career spanned seven decades. Bernard Joseph Cribbins was born to cotton weaver Ethel (née Clarkson; 1898–1989) and World War I veteran John Edward Cribbins in Oldham, Lancashire on December 29, 1928. (1896–1964).
He was raised with two brothers and a sister, both of whom lived in poverty. While working as an assistant stage manager at a local theatre company, where he also performed in tiny roles, Cribbins served an apprenticeship at the Oldham Repertory Theatre before dropping out of high school at the age of 13.
With the Parachute Regiment, Aldershot, Hampshire, and Mandatory Palestine in 1947, he began national service in the United Kingdom.
Not Now Darling, There Goes the Bride, and Run for Your Wife were among the first West End performances in Cribbins that appeared in 1956 when he played the two Dromio characters in a production of A Comedy of Errors at the Arts Theatre.
He also appeared in the musical And Another Thing and released a single called “Folksong” that featured a song from the production. Cribbins had three records of funny songs that he performed published in 1962, and all three of those tracks made it onto the UK Singles Chart.