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Jeremy Beadle
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TV Personality
    (April 12, 1948-January 30, 2008)
    Born in London, United Kingdom
    Hosted the British TV shows 'Fun Factory' (1980), 'Game for a Laugh' (1981-85), 'Beadle's About' (1986-96), 'You've Been Framed!' (1990-97) and 'Win Beadle's Money' (1999)
    Wrote the trivia books 'Today's the Day: A Chronicle of the Curious' (1981) and 'Beadle's Miscellany' (2007)
    Named a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to charity (2001)
    At age ten, he was sentenced to three years probation after stealing money from a teacher's handbag.
    His constant practical joking got him expelled from school and fired from most of his pre-TV jobs.
    Most of his shows were copies of earlier ones: 'Game for a Laugh' and 'Beadle's About' revived the hidden camera pranks of Candid Camera, 'You've Been Framed' aped America's Funniest Home Videos, and 'Win Beadle's Money' did not even bother to disguise its source.
    He claimed he could quote every negative review written about him.
    In one poll, he finished second only to Saddam Hussein as Britain's most hated person (2001).
    His father abandoned his mother on discovering that she was pregnant.
    He had the genetic disorder Poland syndrome, which left him with an undersized right hand.
    He raised £100 million for various charities.
    The Daily Telegraph described him as 'the most avidly watched presenter on television.'
    His explanation for negative reactions to him: 'They feel guilty about laughing at the practical jokes I play. So they transfer their guilt onto me.'

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