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Tributes are being paid to Dad’s Army star Clive Dunn who has died aged 92 after a short illness.
The actor, who played L/Cpl Jack Jones in the hit sitcom, is believed to have been ill for a few weeks and died in Portugal, where he lived.
Much of the BBC series was filmed around Thetford and Stuart Wright, chairman of the Dad’s Army museum in the town, last saw the star in London in March.
“His sight was fading towards the end, but he was in very good spirits and was very coherent,” he said.
The actor returned to Thetford in 2000 when members of the cast held a parade through the town on the original fire engine from the series.
Mr Wright said the star’s lasting legacy would be his catchphrases, which have become part of every day speech.
“His use of those phrases are part of the British psyche,” Mr Wright said.
“He was also one of the younger members of the cast so he tended to get a lot more of the stunts.”
The museum now hopes to put on a special display in memory of Mr Dunn.
Before his death, the volunteers were raising money to buy Corporal Jones’s famous butcher’s van, which is being auctioned in December.
The actor’s agent, Peter Charlesworth, said the star would be “sorely missed”.
He said: “He will be a real loss to the acting profession.’’
Dunn was born in London into a showbusiness family and started out with a number of small film roles in the 1930s before the war intervened.
He served in Greece before being captured and spent four years as a prisoner of war.
After the war he resumed his career and in 1968 landed the role of Corporal Jones in the much-loved sitcom about life on the home front.
The character, a first world war veteran, was notorious for his often rambling recollections of his time in the army.
Dunn also had a number one hit in 1970 with Grandad and went on to play the title character in a children’s show of the same name.
Ian Lavender, who played Private Pike in the show, said Dunn was a good friend.
He said: “Out of all of us he had the most time for the fans. Everyone at one time or another would be tempted to duck into a doorway or bury their head in a paper but not Clive. He always made time for fans.’’
He is survived by his wife, Priscilla Morgan, and two daughters, Jessica and Polly.
•EDP readers also paid their tributes.
John Ward-Gwilliam said: “A man who will be missed by everybody young and old. His acting in Dad’s Army even makes my 12-year-old son laugh. A man so talented that cannot be replaced. A comedian from the era of all the greats and now all reunited in heaven. God bless you Clive for all the years of making me and my family laugh.”
Rebecca Andrews said: “I was very sad when I read that Clive Dunn had died. He was a great actor and shall be sadly missed. My prayer go to his family at this sad time.”
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