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Clive Dunn, dies aged 92


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

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

Dunn - whose Dad's Army 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.

His acting career was interrupted by World War II, during which he spent four years as a German prisoner.

As well as Dad's Army, he went on to appear in such TV shows as Bootsie and Snudge, My Old Man and Grandad.

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.

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


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He is now back on parade with his platoon and will still be that moment too late when it comes to standing to attention. He played a big part in what was a great show alongside his band of brothers.

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