Dancing with the Stars judge Len Goodman passed away at the age of 78

Len Goodman, a renowned ballroom champion and a veteran judge on Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing with the Stars, passed away at the age of 78 from bone cancer. Goodman, a former professional ballroom dancer and British champion, served as head judge for 12 years starting in 2004 when “Strictly Come Dancing” first aired on the BBC. The dancing competition, which mixes famous people with dance pros, was an unexpected success and quickly rose to become one of the network’s most-watched programs.

Ballroom dancing was Len Goodman‘s first professional career. After winning the British Championships in the 1970s, he began dancing at the young age of 19 and eventually retired in his late 20s to begin a dance studio.

Len Goodman

A few decades later, he found his way to television and achieved renown all over the world. Goodman served as the chief judge on both DWTS (from 2005 until 2022) and the BBC’s “Strictly Come Dancing” (from 2004 to 2016).

Additionally, Len Goodman was the author of numerous books, including his 2009 memoir, Better Late Than Never: From Barrow Boy to Ballroom, and he received the Carl Alan Award, known as the “Oscars of the dance world” for his remarkable contributions to dance.

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At the conclusion of season 31 (he has participated as a judge in all but two of them), Goodman announced his departure from DWTS in November of last year. He claimed he wished he could spend more time in Britain with his family and grandchildren.

According to the spokesperson for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Goodman was “a great entertainer” who will be “missed by many.”

According to British journalist Esther Rantzen, Len Goodman was “astonished and delighted” by his renown in his later years.

She claimed that the fact that he was distinctly British was one of the reasons why he did so well in the United States. “I hope the country will adopt his favourite expostulation of “pickle me walnuts” because he was firm but fair, funny but a gentleman.”

A 2012 episode about the Titanic disaster was one of the documentaries Goodman produced and delivered for BBC radio. Goodman had been a shipyard welder for the firm that had constructed the deadly ship when he was a young man.

Len Goodman was described as “a wonderful, warm entertainer who was adored by millions” by BBC director-general Tim Davie. He was likeable and made people of all ages feel like he belonged in their families. Len was the driving force behind Strictly’s success. Both the general public and his countless friends and family will greatly miss him.

Len Goodman operated the Goodman Academy dancing school in southern England and was a recipient of the Carl Alan Award for distinguished achievements to dance.

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