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Clive Dunn obituary

Actor best known as Corporal Jones in the classic BBC comedy series Dad's Army

Had it not been for his short stature and elf-like face, the actor Clive Dunn, who has died aged 92, would have liked to play juvenile lead parts. But his loss was the audience's – especially the television audience's – gain. Though he was master of all sorts of old-man parts, he will be remembered with most affection as Lance Corporal Jones in the BBC television send-up of life in the wartime Home Guard, Dad's Army (1968-77).

His dithery butcher, slipping a few favoured lady customers some choice cuts from under the counter and then, in his spare time, trying his ineffectual best to keep order for the officious Captain Mainwaring, became such a popular figure that his catchphrase, "Don't panic!", delivered in the agitated tones of a running chicken hanging on with difficulty to the last shreds of its dignity,
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Clive Dunn, young old man of Dad's Army, dies aged 92

Sitcom star, famous for the catchphrase 'Don't panic' while playing Corporal Jones, dies in Portugal after a short illness

Clive Dunn, best known for his role as Lance Corporal Jones in Dad's Army has died at his home in Portugal after a short illness. He was 92.

Dunn, who starred alongside his friend John Le Mesurier in the hit sitcom about a group of bumbling Home Guard soldiers, is believed to have been ill for a couple of weeks at his Algarve home on the outskirts of Boliqueime. His agent Peter Charlesworth said the star would be "sorely missed". Dunn's capacity for playing elderly people on screen saw him accept, at the age of 48, the role of Jones, who was famous for the catchphrases "Don't panic" and "Permission to speak". He had a number one hit in 1971 with the novelty song Grandad, appearing on Top of the Pops aged
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Dad's Army actor Clive Dunn dies

Comic actor most famous for role as Lance Corporal Jack Jones in TV series and catchphrase 'Don't panic' dies in Portugal

The Dad's Army actor Clive Dunn has died at the age of 92.

The comic actor died in Portugal from complications following an operation earlier this week, the BBC reported.

Dunn was most famous for his role as Lance Corporal Jack Jones in the TV series and the catchphrase: "Don't panic".

His agent, Peter Charlesworth, said the star would be "sorely missed" and "a real loss to the acting profession".

Dunn, who leaves his wife, Priscilla Morgan, two daughters, and grandchildren, was born in London in 1920 into a showbusiness family and started out with a number of small film roles in the 1930s before the war intervened.

He served in the 4th Queen's Own Hussars in Greece during the second world war, before being captured and spending four
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