CLIVE DUNN - DAD'S ARMY Nov 7, 2012 22:41:56 GMT 1
Post by Laurence on Nov 7, 2012 22:41:56 GMT 1
Actor Clive Dunn, best known for his role as Lance Corporal Jones in Dad's Army, has died aged 92. He died in Portugal on Tuesday from complications following an operation. Dunn - whose famous catchphrases included "Don't panic, don't panic" "permission to speak" and "They don't like it up 'em", made his trademark character as that of a doddering old man. This first made an impression in the show Bootsie and Snudge, a spinoff from The Army Game. Dunn played the old dogsbody,Mr Johnson at a slightly seedy gentlemen's club where the characters Pte. Bootsie Bisley (Alfie Bass) and Sgt. Claude Snudge (Bill Fraser) found work after leaving the Army.
Clive Robert Benjamin Dunn was born on 9 January 1920 in Covent Garden, London. Dunn was the son of actors, and the cousin of actress Gretchen Franklin. As a child, he almost died from post-operative complications after a supernumerary nipple was removed. Following his education at Sevenoaks School, an independent boarding school for boys Dunn studied at the independent Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, in London. He played small film roles from the 1930s onwards, appearing alongside Will Hay in the films Boys Will Be Boys (1935) and Good Morning, Boys (1937). After a break for service in the army with the 4th Queen's Own Hussars, during the Second World War, during the course of which he spent four years in prisoner-of-war and labour camps in Austria, he worked for many years in music halls and theatres. In 1956 and 1957, Dunn appeared in both series of The Tony Hancock Show and the army reunion party episode of Hancock's Half Hour in 1960. In the 1960s he made many appearances with Tony Hancock, Michael Bentine, Dora Bryan and Dick Emery, among others, before winning the role of Jones in Dad's Army in 1968.
Dunn was one of the younger members of the Dad's Army cast when, at 48, he took on the role of the elderly butcher whose military service in earlier wars made him the most experienced member of the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard, as well as one of the most decrepit. Jack Haig and David Jason had previously been considered for the role.
After Dad's Army ended, Dunn capitalised on his skill in playing elderly character roles by playing the lead character Charlie Quick in the slapstick children's TV series Grandad, from 1979 to 1984. He had previously had a number one hit single with the song "Grandad" on his 51st birthday in January 1971, accompanied by a children's choir. His last screen credit came playing the Shakespearean clown Verges in a 1984 TV version of Much Ado About Nothing. Dunn was awarded an OBE in 1975. 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 final interview appeared in the most recent issue of The Oldie magazine, which made him its cover star. Broadcaster Stephen Fry has also paid tribute, saying he was "saddened to hear of the death of Clive Dunn, the immortal Corporal Jones from Dad's Army". Dunn is survived by his wife Priscilla Morgan and their two daughters, Jessica and Polly.
Clive Dunn passed away on 6 November 2012