Thursday, November 8, 2012

RIP Clive Dunn

Clive Dunn in 1998 

Another link to our youth has been broken. Clive Dunn who played Lance Corporal Jack Jones in the BBC comedy series Dad's Army has died at the ripe old age of 92; the BBC reports:

Actor Clive Dunn, best known for his role as Lance Corporal "Jonesy" 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" and "They don't like it up 'em" - became a recording star in 1971 when his record, Grandad, reached number one.
Frank Williams, who played the Vicar on Dad's Army, said he was always "great fun" to be around.
"Of course he was so much younger than the part he played," he told BBC Radio Four. "It's very difficult to think of him as an old man really.
"But he was a wonderful person to work with - great sense of humour, always fun, a great joy really."
Born in London in January 1920, Dunn studied at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.
He made his first forays into acting in the 1930s, appearing alongside Will Hay in Boys Will Be Boys in 1935 and Good Morning Boys in 1937.
His acting career was interrupted by World War II, during which he spent four years as a German prisoner.
The actor would later say that Dad's Army, which ran from 1968 to 1977, was his revenge on his former captors.

Clive Dunn often stole the show in Dad's Army episodes. In the PC age in which we now live, he would not be able to refer to the WW1 enemies that Lance Corporal Jones had fought as "fuzzy wuzzies", nor would he have been able to suggest that they didn't like the "cold steel". And the world would be a poorer place without those memories; a legion of war veterans knew exactly what he meant.

So in tribute to Clive Dunn, here's a BBC piece in which he talks about the show and the wonderful characters, his own included who brought us much humour more than 40 years ago:

RIP Clive Dunn, and thanks for the memories.

1 comment:

James Stephenson said...

Not that I want to nitpick or anything, but he fought the "Fuzzy Wuzzies" with Kitchener in the Sudan.

Another comic light extinguished.