Franklyn Roy Bruno was born at Hammersmith Hospital in London. He was the youngest of 6 children from the union of his parents Lynette & Robert Bruno. Michael, Eddie, Faye Joanne, and Angela are his siblings.
His parents settled down in Wandsworth in London. His father Robert who was from Dominica passed away in 1975, while his mother Lynette was a district nurse and a Pentecostal lay preacher from Jamaica.
Frank attended schools at Swaffield Primary and Oak Hill schools in Sussex where he excelled in football and athletics. In 1990, he married his partner Laura at in Hornchurch, Essex. They had three children. Rachel, Nicola, & Franklyn. They divorced in 2001.
Frank has remained a popular figure with the British public and crossed over from the sports fans to the man in the street and certainly the women – some who want to love him others who want to mother him! His image was enhanced by his relationship with the BBC boxing commentator Harry Carpenter where the “know what I mean, Arry” phrase joined the English language, his appearances on the early Comic Relief programmes in the 1980s and his frequent appearances thereafter on television and on stage. Frank was awarded an MBE in 1990, and is a member of Equity. He’s an accomplished actor performing alongside Michael Barrymore (with record box office sales), he played Robin Hood in Bristol & Bradford, alongside British comedians Little & Large, as well as Ringmaster in ‘Goldilocks & the 3 Bears’ in Birmingham.
In 1995, the year of his world championship, he released a cover version of “Eye of the Tiger”, the theme song of the movie Rocky III. It reached #28 in the UK charts.
In January 2001, Frank announced that he wanted to stand as the Conservative candidate in the traditionally safe Tory seat of Brentwood and Ongar Essex against the independent Member of Parliament, Martin Bell. His proposed slogan was “Don’t be a plank, vote for Frank!” However, this idea was quickly dismissed by Conservative Central Office.
In 2002/2003 Frank tried his hand at Dee Jaying, he toured the countries night clubs showing his love of dance and soul music.
On 22 September 2003, Frank was taken from his home in Essex by medical staff assisted by police officers, under the provisions of the Mental Health Act 1983. He was taken to Goodmayes Hospital in Ilford, where he underwent psychological and psychiatric tests. He had been suffering from depression for several months beforehand. He was later diagnosed as having bipolar disorder. The psychologist Professor Cary Cooper expressed the opinion that the end of Bruno’s boxing career, the breakdown of his marriage, and the suicide of his former trainer George Francis in 2002 all contributed to his condition. Frank has recovered and is well again. His celebrity status is used by many Mental health charities and his name is used as an example to draw attention to the unknown factors of Mental illness. On 24 February 2008 Frank Bruno offered his support to former footballer Paul Gascoigne, who on 21 February had been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.
In December 2005, Bruno announced that he was to become a father for the fourth time baby Freya was born on 10th May 2006.
Frank now lives on his own in a village of on the outskirts of the town of Leighton Buzzard. He spends a lot of time at the local health club when he is not working. He currently works speaking at dinners, & personal appearances. He has various charity affiliations including the Presidents Sporting club. His son Franklyn plays rugby and Frank is often seen on the touchlines cheering on the Brentwood boy’s team. Frank describes the game as rough!
• Franks favorite car is his Bentley
• Franks favorite food is Rice and peas although he loves Steak and Lamb
• His favorite song of all time is Mind Blowing Decisions by Heatwave
• Franks favorite artist is Michael Jackson
• Of all the countries he has visited he likes Jamaica and Dominica best of all
Bruno’s publicist throughout most of his career was sports historian Norman Giller, who wrote three books in association with Frank: Know What I mean, IEye of the Tiger and From Zero to
Hero. In 2005 Frank wrote a book talking of his problems called Fighting Back. Trevor Macdonald did an hour special with Frank watched by millions on ITV.
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