What was Billy T James famous for?

What was Billy T James famous for?

William James Te Wehi Taitoko MBE (17 January 1949 – 7 August 1991) better known by his stage name Billy T. James, was a New Zealand entertainer, comedian, musician and actor. He became a key figure in the development of New Zealand comedy and a household name during his lifetime.

What did Billy T James died of?

heart attack
James suffered a major heart attack in 1988 and died three years later. The annual Billy T Award honours up-and-coming New Zealand comedians.

Where did Billy T James go to school?

Whangarei Boys’ High School
William James Taitoko was born on 17 January 1949 in Cambridge where he did his early schooling. He registered as a student of Whangarei Boys’ High School on 6 February 1962.

What age did Billy T James die?

Billy T James MBE Born William James Te Wehi Taitoko ( 1949-01- Died 7 August 1991 (1991-08-07) (aged 42) Auc Resting place Mount Taupiri Occupation Comedian Actor Writer Musician

When did Billy T James start his comedy career?

In 1980 he appeared in the variety show Radio Times, the success of which led to his own comedy sketch show in 1981, The Billy T James Show. The same year he was named New Zealand Entertainer of the Year. In 1985 his cabaret act was recorded live and released on LP as Billy T Live! at Pips Cabaret, Whangarei.

Is there a movie about Billy T James?

In December 2010, funding was given for the production of a biographical film based on Billy T. James’ life. In March 2011, it was revealed the film was to be titled Billy and would star Tainui Tukiwaho as Billy and Morgana O’Reilly as wife Lynn.

What is the Billy T Award?

The Billy T Award was founded in 1997 in honour of James, recognising comedians with outstanding potential. Winners are presented with a yellow towel, Billy’s trademark from his “Te News” sketches. In 2009, nearly 50% of respondents voted him the country’s greatest comedian in a New Zealand Listener survey, eighteen years after his death.