9 Nov 2012

Dad's Army actor dies

9:48 am on 9 November 2012

British actor Clive Dunn, best known for his role as Lance-Corporal Jack Jones in Dad's Army, has died in Portugal from complications following an operation.

He was best known as Lance-Corporal Jack Jones, a bumbling old butcher in the popular World War II Home Guard television sitcom Dad's Army.

Dunn, whose catchphrases included "Don't panic, don't panic" and "They don't like it up 'em", had a number one hit in 1971 with a song called "Grandad".

Dunn was born in London in 1920 and enrolled in an acting academy after leaving school.

He played several small roles in films in the 1930s before serving in the army in World War II, ending up in prisoner-of-war and labour camps for four years.

After the war he worked in music halls. He followed Dad's Army with a five-year run as an elderly caretaker in Grandad, a children's comedy series.

He died at the age of 92 and is survived by his wife and two daughters.