AKA Max Leon van Gelder
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Location of death: Palm Springs, CA
Cause of death: unspecified
Religion: Christian Science
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Jazz Musician
Executive summary: Conks of The Goon Show
Military service: Royal Dutch Army
Born in Holland and living in France and touring under such names as "Mac Geldray and his Mouth-Accordeon Band", Van Gelder fled to England in the early parts of WWII and was injured participating in the Normandy landings in 1944. After the war he continued his career as a jazz harmonica player, one if not perhaps the first, best remembered for being part of the 1950's radio show The Goon Show with Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, and Harry Secombe. One of the original cast, he stayed on the show for its entire run of nine years. Afterwards, he retired to California, playing at gigs in Reno and Los Angeles, later volunteering at the Betty Ford Center and similar institutions.
Father: (d. Nazi death camp)
Mother: (d. Nazi death camp)
Sister: Xaviere (d. Nazi death camp)
Wife: Susan Deforio Geldray (m. 30-Sep-1962, one son)
Son: Timothy Geldray (d.)
The Goon Show aka "Conks"
Naturalized UK Citizen
Betty Ford Center volunteer counselor
Risk Factors: Prostate Cancer
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