28 May 2013

British actor Bill Pertwee dies

12:00 pm on 28 May 2013

Dad's Army actor Bill Pertwee has died at the age of 86.

The British actor played played Warden Hodges in the comedy series, starred as PC Wilson in You Rang M'Lord? and appeared in three Carry On films.

His Dad's Army character was a greengrocer who became chief air raid warden when World War II broke out. His catchphrase was: "Put that light out!"

Pertwee, a cousin of Doctor Who star Jon Pertwee, penned a letter to the BBC in 1957 asking for his big break.

He secured the Dad's Army role in 1968 and became famous for the catchphrase "Put that light out!".

The popular series about the Home Guard, set in the fictional south coast seaside town of Walmington-on-Sea during the Second World War, ran until 1977.