Leonard Gordon Goodman was an English expert ballroom dancer, dance judge, and dance coach. He was born on April 25, 1944, and died on April 22, 2023.
Goodman was the head judge on the UK show Strictly Come Dancing, in which famous people fight for the glitter ball trophy, from the show’s start in 2004 until 2016. He was also the head judge on the US show Dancing with the Stars from 2005 until 2022. In Dartford, Kent, he also ran a ballroom dance school.
Find out what Len said about leaving the dance TV show and how much money he had at the time of his death by reading about it.
Len Goodman: Career Details
Goodman worked for Harland and Wolff in Woolwich as a trainee welder. When he was 19, he started dancing because his doctor said it would help heal his foot injury. He went pro, and he won a lot of events. In his late 20s, he won the British Championships at Blackpool. After that, he stopped dancing.
Then, from 2004 to 2016, Goodman was the head judge on the BBC One dance show “Strictly Come Dancing.” He was on the panel with Arlene Phillips, Bruno Tonioli, and Craig Revel Horwood. Alesha Dixon later replaced Phillips and then Darcey Bussell.
Goodman has also been the only head judge on “Dancing with the Stars.” He has always been on the show with judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. He was a judge for five years, along with Julianna Hough, Derek Hough, and a fourth judge.
For the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912, he led a documentary shown in the United States from March 30, 2020, to April 9, 2020. It took advantage of the fact that he had worked as a blacksmith at Harland and Wolff. Goodman did the character for the award-winning children’s show “Auto-B Good” in 2005.
What Is Len Goodman’s Net Worth At The Time Of His Death?
At the time of his death, Len Goodman was thought to have been worth about $18 million. The famous TV star made so much money from his long work as a professional ballroom dancer, dance judge, and dance coach.
Len Goodman’s Health Problems
Early in 2009, Goodman was told he had prostate cancer. He then went to London for treatment, which was successful. In 2020, he had a minor surgery to treat melanoma on his face.
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Len Goodman: Personal Life Details
Goodman married Cherry Kingston in 1972, but they split up in 1987. After that, he was with a woman named Lesley for a long time, and they had a son named John. In the end, Goodman and Lesley break up, and John moves in with his mum. Goodman married his second wife, Sue Barrett, a dance teacher, in 2012. They had been together for over a decade.
People know that Goodman is a big fan of the Premier League team West Ham United. He is also a big cricket fan, and in 2009 he participated in a star cricket game.
Len Goodman Has Announced His Retirement From The Show “Dancing With The Stars”
After many seasons as the head judge on the dance television show Dancing With The Stars, Len Goodman leaves. He made the extensive news public on Monday, November 14, 2022.
Goodman said, “We’re all getting excited about the end next week, and we’re all looking forward to it so much, but it will also be a little sad because this is my last season judging “Dancing with the Stars.”
Len went on to say,
“I’ve been with the show since it started in 2005 and it has been a huge pleasure to be a part of such a wonderful show but I’ve decided I want to spend more time with my children and family.”
He also said,
“I cannot thank enough the family of ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ it has been such a wonderful experience for me and I’m looking forward so much to next week’s finale, I’m sure it’s going to be absolutely brilliant.”
The ballroom expert got a standing ovation right after the emotional statement. People often talk about how harsh he is on Dancing With The Stars.
Len Goodman: Cause Of Death
On Monday, his spokeswoman, Jackie Gill, said that he died of bone cancer. Ms. Gill also said that Mr. Goodman had worked until a few weeks ago. When he died, he was with his wife, Sue Barrett, and his son, James.
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