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Clive Dunn


Born - 9 January 1920, Covent Garden, London, UK
Died - 7 November 2012

Round-faced, diminutive, rosy-cheeked character comedian who early in his career started to play (latterly with the help of a little white moustache), characters much older than himself. His song Grandad, recorded when he was still in his early fifties, portrayed him as the old codger most remembered him as, and is still popular today, as is his characterisation of Lance Corporal Jones in the TV series Dad's Army. He entered films as a teenager after stage school studies, portraying somewhat overgrown schoolboys in such films as Boys Will Be Boys (1935), Good Morning, Boys (1937), A Yank at Oxford (1938) and Goodbye Mr Chips! (1939). The war disrupted his career, and he spent four years in a German prison camp. After repatriation he became modestly popular on radio and TV, and there were a few more films, albeit mostly in cameo appearances: Boys in Brown (1949), The Treasure of San Teresa (1959), What a Whopper (1961), The Fast Lady (1963), The Mouse on the Moon (1963), You Must Be Joking! (1965), Just Like a Woman (1966), The Bliss of Mrs Blossom (1968), Crooks and Coronets (1969), Dad's Army (1971) and the Fiendish Plot of Dr Fu Manchu (1880), his last. In later years, he retired to Portugal to indulge in his hobby of painting. He died from complications following an operation.