RTV Posted April 23 Share Posted April 23 (edited) I thought it would be nice to have a separate thread in honor of Len. Leonard Gordon Goodman was born in England on 04/25/44. Len left school when he was 15. He began an apprenticeship in an engineering factory and was an apprentice fitter at computer company ICT in Dartford. After taking a welding course, he became a welder at British Oxygen Corporation in Cricklewood. Then he worked in the North Woolwich shipyard as a welder for Harland and Wolff, the company that built the RMS Titanic. Len was an author, too. His autobiography is Better Late Than Never: My Story (published 2008) / Better Late Than Never: From Barrow Boy to Ballroom (published 2009). received Carl Alan Award for outstanding contributions to dance head judge on Dancing with the Stars from 2005-2022 (seasons 1-20, 22-28, and 30-31) head judge on Strictly Come Dancing from 2004-2016 (series 1-14) For several years, he judged the British and American shows simultaneously. Len announced his DWTS retirement during the season 31 semifinals on 11/14/22 to spend more time with his wife Sue, son James, and two grandchildren in Britain. Len was honored with a tribute video and his own mirrorball trophy during the finale on 11/21/22. https://people.com/tv/dancing-with-the-stars-head-judge-len-goodman-is-retiring Five months later, Len "passed away peacefully" at a hospice on 04/22/23 from bone cancer—three days before his 79th birthday. https://people.com/tv/len-goodman-dead-78-dancing-with-the-stars-head-judge Len was diagnosed with prostate cancer in March 2009 and had a facial melanoma removed about a decade later. He also had a knee replacement operation in 2015. https://people.com/health/dancing-with-the-stars-judge-len-goodman-skin-cancer-removed Len revealed in December 2022 that his father Leonard passed away suddenly at age 79 after a stroke. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/usshowbiz/article-12006911/How-Len-Goodman-predicted-death-2022-interview.html 04/24/23 articles about Len's life https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-58929590 https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2023/apr/24/len-goodman-obituary Len's website https://www.lengoodman.co.uk Edited May 5 by RTV 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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