When Norman Wisdom was a child, the family all slept in one room, in their house in London.
Norman Wisdom's father, Frederick, was a drunk.
Frederick sometimes beat little Norman "so savagely that his head hit the ceiling before he crashed." (Norman Wisdom)
Frederick threw Norman out of the house.
Norman, still just a boy, had to sleeep rough and steal to eat.
According to Wikipedia:
"After a period in a children's home in Deal, Kent, Wisdom ran away when he was 11 but returned to become an errand boy in a grocer's on leaving school at 13.
"In 1929, he walked (by his own account) to Cardiff, Wales, where he became a cabin boy in the Merchant Navy."
He also worked as a coal miner, waiter, page boy, soldier, driver and telephone operator.
In 1946, Norman Wisdom became a professional entertainer, and eventually rich, popular and famous.