Robert Harper, who is better known by his stage name as Bobby Ball, is a well-known English comedian and actor. He made a name for himself along with his partner Tommy Canon in their show called The Cannon and Ball Show.
Here are some interesting facts about him:
1. Bobby Ball net worth is estimated to be around $3 million.
As of 2018, Bobby Ball net worth is estimated to be around $3 million. At the peak of his career, Ball was earning as high as £200,000 a month. With large amounts of money flowing in through the show, Ball started living a very luxurious life along with Canon as well. The two had bought Rolls-Royces, a beachfront home in the Canary Islands and Ball even had an investment in a nightclub in Rochdale.
This was the same with Canon as well, who had bought the local Fourth Division football team. They were bombarded with opportunities one after another and they were very busy managing time for as many projects as possible.
2. Ball met Canon whilst working at a factory.
Ball had started working in a factory in Oldham, Lancashire as a welder in the 1960’s. There he would meet Tommy Cannon. The two became friends very quickly as they had many things in common. They were earning £20 per week working at this factory.
One day, they decided that they would start singing in clubs and pubs around Manchester as it paid £3 more than their contemporary job. But with some luck and fortune, their lives would change very quickly from earning a mere £20 a week to thousands a month.
3. The Cannon and Ball Show became a hit in the 1980’s.
1979 was the start of the The Cannon and Ball Show. When they started out, they could not have imagined how big the show would have become all across the U.S. With time, the show went on to become the most popular one on ITV.
At its peak, the show was watched by more than 18 million people which was a mammoth number even back then. The show would run until 1988 during which the show had many spin-offs. They would appear together in some popular projects as well including The Boys in Blue, Mr. H is Late, The Kenny Everett, and Shooting stars over the years.
They did have a time during their hit show, when a feud between them resulted in them not speaking off-stage at all. But the two were very professional and today are back to being the close partners they were. They have also been guest judges in a variety of shows including Show Me the Funny and I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!
4. After comedy, Ball has been very active in television.
Ball has since gone on to star in various sitcoms and dramas including Last of the Summer Wine, Heartbeat and Not Going Out. He also has the credits for being the original creator of the BBC children’s cartoon series called Juniper Jungle that aired back in 1992.
His solo career was very successful as well when he entered the world of television. From 2005 to 2008, he would play the role of a character named Lenny in the BBC series called Last of the Summer Wine. For one season, he also gave his services to play in the drama series called Heartbeat.
Some of his other roles and credits are included in The Fattest Man in Britain, Not Going Out, Mount Pleasant, and Pointless Celebrities. He mentions that he loves the roles that he has got to play as a television actor.
5. They lost their fortune in the 1990’s.
By the 1990’s they had already reached a middle aged stage in their careers. They didn’t have their show anymore and thus were let go in terms of their show. This meant that the main source of income had vanished in moments.
Sadly, the duo had severe problems in terms of looking after their finances. This resulted from tax allegations that meant that they had to pay a sum totaling a million pounds. This was an even large sum of money back then and hurt their finances badly. Eventually, they paid of this amount over years through performing comedy shows. Today, they might have been a lot more well-off if they had taken care of their money better.