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Eli Woods


Born - 25 August 1922, Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, UK
Died - 1 May 2014

Lanky, horse-featured, bony-faced English character comedian, who made a whole career out of being the stammering, gormless stooge to some famous English music-hall jokers. Born James Casey, the nephew of laconic vaudeville comic Jimmy James, he was James' driver before becoming his accomplice-in-mirth in 1948. After James died in 1965, Woods stooged for other comedians, notably Les Dawson, continuing to work until the mid 1990s. A few film cameos included Over the Garden Wall (1950), Those People Next Door (1953), A Private Function (1984), Mr H is Late (1988) and Little Dorrit (1988), his last. He had five children.