Len Goodman, a longtime judge on “Dancing with the Stars” and “Strictly Come Dancing” who was instrumental in reviving interest in ballroom dancing on both sides of the Atlantic, has passed away, according to Jackie Gill, his agent, who made the announcement on Monday. He was 78.
Len Goodman Death
Gill claims that he was beside Len Goodman’s bedside when he passed away late on Saturday night. Those who were fortunate enough to have known and loved the former ballroom dancer as a husband, father, and grandfather are going to mourn him dearly. A previous examination revealed that he suffered from bone cancer.
As the head judge of “Dancing With the Stars” since the show’s premiere in 2005, Len Goodman said in November “with a touch of sadness” that this season would be his last. Following 30 seasons on ABC, the sitcom began streaming on Disney+ in the fall of 2022.
Len Goodman was the son of Leonard Gordon Goodman, an electrician, and Louisa Adelaide (nee Eldridge), who gave birth to him in the town of Bromley, Kent, in the United Kingdom. One of his great-great-grandfathers on his mother’s side came to the United States from Poland.
When Goodman was six years old, his family relocated to Blackfen, and he attended Westwood Secondary Modern School, where he participated in the school’s cricket program. After working for a brief period of time as an apprentice welder for Harland and Wolff in Woolwich, Len Goodman began his career in the dance industry at the age of 19.
Len Goodman Career
Len Goodman was the head judge on “Strictly Come Dancing” for a total of 12 years beginning with the show’s 2004 BBC debut. He is also a former professional ballroom dancer and British champion.
The dancing competition, much like “Dancing with the Stars,” teams famous people with professional dance partners. It was not expected to be successful, but it has quickly become one of the most-watched series on the network.
For several years, he spent the fall season crisscrossing the Atlantic once a week to serve as a judge for both the British and American displays.
Goodman won over his listeners with his insightful remarks, which he delivered in his signature Cockney accent.
Goodman has hosted radio shows for the BBC and made documentaries for TV, including one set in 2012 about the Titanic. When Goodman was younger, he worked as a welder at the shipyard for the company that built the ship that would eventually sink.
After becoming successful in a number of events and becoming professional in his late twenties, Len Goodman decided to call it quits in the dance world after winning the British Championships in Blackpool.
Goodman has been honored with the Carl Alan Award, which is presented in appreciation of extraordinary achievements in the art of dance. Additionally, in 2006 and 2007, Len Goodman was considered for an Emmy Award in the category of extraordinary Reality/Competition Program. He was descended from Jewish parents.
Len Goodman Family
Goodman’s wife, Sue Barrett, and his adult son James, who he had from a prior relationship, are the only people he leaves behind. Cherry Kingston was Len Goodman’s ex-wife in a previous marriage.
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