Eddie Large

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Eddie Large
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Birth nameEdward Hugh McGinnis
Born(1941-06-25)25 June 1941
Glasgow, Scotland, U.K.
Died2 April 2020(2020-04-02) (aged 78)
Bristol, England, U.K.
Years active1971–2006; 2010; 2018
  • Sandra Bigwood
    (m. 1965, divorced)
  • Patsy Ann Scott (m. 1983)
Notable works and rolesLittle and Large

Eddie Large (25 June 1941 – 2 April 2020) was the stage name of Edward Hugh McGinnis, a British comedian. He was best known as a part of the double act Little and Large, with Syd Little. They starred in the very popular British comedy series The Little and Large Show.

Early life[change | change source]

Large was born Edward Hugh McGinnis in Glasgow in 1941. His father Teddy served as a Petty Officer in the Royal Navy during World War II and after he returned from the war the family moved to a tenement in Oatlands.[1] When he was nine years old the family moved again to Manchester, where he attended Claremont Road Primary School[2] and a grammar school.[3]

Personal life[change | change source]

After being in hospital in March 2002 with kidney trouble, he underwent a heart transplant at Papworth Hospital, Cambridge in 2003. He recovered fully. Large was hospitalised for weeks in late 2013 after tripping over a road sign near his Portishead, Somerset home.[4]

Large died on 2 April 2020 of COVID-19 at a hospital in Bristol at the age of 78.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. Eddie Large and Stafford Hildred (1 July 2005). Larger Than Life: My Autobiography. John Blake. ISBN 1844541282.
  2. Wythenshawe Famous locals Little and Large Archived 2012-03-11 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 11 February 2016
  3. Who's Who on Television. ITV Books, 1982
  4. "Comedian Eddie Large in hospital after road sign fall". BBC News. Retrieved 16 November 2013.
  5. Eddie Large dies aged 78

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