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Tributes are paid to actor Clive Dunn

Tributes are paid to actor Clive Dunn

TRIBUTES have been paid to the actor Clive Dunn who has passed away. He was 92.

He had enjoyed a long career but will be most warmly remembered for his role in the Dad’s Army TV series in which he played Lance Corporal Jones (see below).

The role turned Mr. Dunn into a household name with his character regularly declaring: “They don’t like it up ’em, Captain Mainwaring” and “Don’t panic, don’t panic”. He appeared in every episode of the series, which ran from 1968 until 1977, and also appeared in a feature film based on the sitcom as well as the radio series.

Mr. Dunn had made his film debut in 1935 as an extra in the Will Hay film Boys Will Be Boys.

But his acting career was interrupted by the Second World War. He joined the army but was captured by the Germans while serving in Greece and spent four years as a prisoner of war.

For much of his career Mr. Dunn played old men. His TV breakthrough came in 1960 when he was cast as the old butler in the sitcom Bootsie and Snudge.

In the mid-1970s he starred in the TV comedy My Old Man. When Dad’s Army he went on to star in another TV series, Grandad.

In 1971 his recording of the song Grandad (see below) reached number one in the charts.

He was awarded an OBE in 1975.

To see Mr. Dunn in the role of Lance Corporal Jones, click here.

To view Mr. Dunn singing his hit Grandad, click here.

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