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    Clive Dunn Dies

    One of my Hero's and funniest sit coms from the BBC stable has lost one of its most endearing stars .
    Clive Dunn, Dad's Army actor, dies aged 92

    Actor Clive Dunn, best known for his role as Lance Corporal "Jonesy" Jones in Dad's Army, has died aged 92.

    He was in Portugal and died from complications following an operation.

    Dunn - whose famous catchphrases included "Don't panic, don't panic" and "They don't like it up 'em" - became a recording star in 1971 when his record, Grandad, reached number one.

    He is survived by his wife Priscilla Morgan and their two daughters, Jessica and Polly.

    Born in London in January 1920, Dunn studied at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.

    He made his first foray into acting in the 1930s, appearing alongside Will Hay in Boys Will Be Boys in 1935 and Good Morning Boys in 1937.


    Dunn's autobiography, Permission to Speak, was titled after one of Jonesy's catchphrases
    His acting career was interrupted by World War II, during which he spent four years as a German prisoner.

    The actor would later say that Dad's Army, which ran from 1968 to 1977, was his revenge on his former captors.

    The much-loved show featured the exploits of a Home Guard platoon formed to protect the seaside village of Walmington-on-Sea from possible German attack during World War II.

    As well as Dad's Army, Dunn also appeared in such TV shows as Bootsie and Snudge, My Old Man and Grandad.

    His last screen credit came playing the Shakespearean clown Verges in a 1984 TV version of Much Ado About Nothing.

    He spent his last three decades in Portugal, where he occupied himself as an artist painting portraits, landscapes and seascapes until his sight failed.

    Dunn, who was awarded an OBE in 1975, spent much of his acting life playing characters older than himself.

    Even at 19 he played a doddery old man in a production of JM Barrie's play Mary Rose.

    Dunn's agent, Peter Charlesworth, said he would be "sorely missed" and that his death was "a real loss to the acting profession".

    Broadcaster Stephen Fry also paid tribute, saying he was "saddened to hear of the death of Clive Dunn, the immortal Corporal Jones from Dad's Army".

    Referring to Dunn's hit song Grandad, Father Ted writer Graham Linehan tweeted: "I love that he recorded this, then lived another 41 years."

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    Celebrating the 30th anniversary of Dad's Army in 1998

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    ^ Is that 'Pike' on the left?

    RIP Clive. Don't panic.

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    there,s only Pike alive now.bet he is in his 60s

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    Ian Lavender (Pike) is 66 years young and i'm pleased to say that Bill Pertwee MBE , the ARP warden (pictured above) is still going strong at 86.

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    I haven't looked him up to check, but I think the Vicar may also still be alive.

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    'Permission to speak sir'.

    The vicar (Frank Williams) is alive and well at 81

    His autobiography, Vicar to Dad's Army - the Frank Williams story, was published in 2002.

    Williams is the patron of Veneratio, a charity established to counter the social isolation of the elderly.

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    RIP Clive, and thanks for the memories.

    Like more than a few here I think, I grew up with programs like Dad's Army. Sad to hear of his passing.

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    Alive at 92 - Pamela I. Cundell (born March 1920) in Croydon, Surrey) is a British character actress. Her best known role was as Mrs Fox in the long-running TV comedy Dad's Army.





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    Great entertainment that was funny and clever. Great idea, script and the delivery by the actors first rate. Hard to think of any sit com that has come along of late that rival the family, laugh. No swearing, sex and for a war story no violence.

    Great Photos MR Lick

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    Timeless stuff ..

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    Sergeant Wilson ( John Le Messurier ? who served in WW2 ) was once asked if he shot anyone in anger ?

    His reply " well I would not say I was angry at the time !!! "

    typical understated comments from him

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    Rick Wakeman played the keyboards on Clive's timeless prog anthem "Grandad"

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    Quote Originally Posted by themanfrommontrose View Post
    Sergeant Wilson ( John Le Messurier ? who served in WW2 ) was once asked if he shot anyone in anger ?

    His reply " well I would not say I was angry at the time !!! "

    typical understated comments from him
    He had a pretty amzing acting career. Was unlucky with his wives though. Married to hattie jaques (his second wife) who stepped out on him (with her driver!), and later to joan malin, who famously had an affair with Tony Hancock.

    His last words were reportedly " "It's all been rather lovely".

    Class.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg
    "It's all been rather lovely"
    Rather apt actually because he was high as a kite most of the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thetyim View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg
    "It's all been rather lovely"
    Rather apt actually because he was high as a kite most of the time.
    wikki says cannabis, though he apparently denied it.

    Still, I hope I go out like that ("its all been rather lovely") rather than screaming and cursing to the gods!

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    How long before accusations of child abuse surface?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by themanfrommontrose View Post
    Sergeant Wilson ( John Le Messurier ? who served in WW2 ) was once asked if he shot anyone in anger ?

    His reply " well I would not say I was angry at the time !!! "

    typical understated comments from him
    He had a pretty amzing acting career. Was unlucky with his wives though. Married to hattie jaques (his second wife) who stepped out on him (with her driver!), and later to joan malin, who famously had an affair with Tony Hancock.

    His last words were reportedly " "It's all been rather lovely".

    Class.
    Hattie was a bit of a nympho apparently. Was "at it" (oo-er, missus) with a lot of other blokes during her marriage to Le Measurier.

    RIP Clive Dunn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmart
    Hattie was a bit of a nympho apparently. Was "at it" (oo-er, missus) with a lot of other blokes during her marriage to Le Measurier.

    Bloodyhell that,s a big leg over for a start !

    what do you do slap her arse and ride in on the ripples?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmart
    Hattie was a bit of a nympho apparently.
    John Le Messurier was a gentleman and refused to say anything that would damage Hattie's career

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    They don't like it up 'em

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Chuchok View Post
    They don't like it up 'em
    Well, hattie did it seems....

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