Clive Dunn the actor best known for his role as Lance Corporal “Jonesy” Jones in Dad’s Army, has died aged 92.
Clive Dunn died on Tuesday in Portugal,It is believed he had been ill for a number of weeks.
His agent Peter Charlesworth said actor Clive will be “sorely missed”. He added: “He will be a real loss to the acting profession.”
Dunn was a natural comic actor, loved for his role as the bumbling butcher Lance Corporal Jack Jones in the huge TV hit comedy series Dad’s Army.
Asked once what made Dad’s Army so popular, he said: “Well, it was very well written wasn’t it. You know, the story of these little old chaps deciding what they’ll do if Hitler makes it over to Britain. We love people in authority making idiots of themselves. I’m so lucky because people would come up to me and say thank you for all those years of enjoyment.”
Dunn was also an unlikely pop star, having a Number One hit with a song called Grandad – written by bass player Herbie Flowers after the actor challenged him to write a song for him. The single, a success on Top Of The Pops, topped the chart for three weeks in 1971 and was followed by an album called Permission to Sing Sir!
He started his acting career in the 1930s, but when World War Two broke out, he went to serve in the Army.
He served in Greece before being captured and spending four years as a prisoner of war.
After the conflict, Dunn’s acting career resumed, and in 1968, the actor landed his trademark role of Jones in Dad’s Army, a sitcom about life on the home front.