Actor and entertainer Clive Dunn has died, aged 92, in Portugal from complications following an operation.
Dunn is best known for his role as Lance Corporal “Jonesy” Jones in Dad’s Army, with fellow actors Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Ian Lavender, Bill Pertwee and John Laurie. He is famous for his catch phrases “Don’t Panic” and “They Don’t Like It Up ‘Em” His career spanned over 50 years and he appeared with many of the best of the British acting stock. My earliest memory is seeing him in “Bootsie and Snudge” where he played “Mr Johnson” alongside “Bootsie” played by Alfie Bass and “Snudge” played by Bill Fraser. He also appeared in the TV shows “My Old Man” and “Grandad” as well as over a dozen films between the years 1935 and 1980. His latest screen performance was in 1984 as the Shakespearean clown Verges in a TV version of Much Ado About Nothing.
Many of you will remember his performance singing “Grandad” on “Top of the Pops” with which he topped the charts for three weeks. How many of you know that he released many more singles following “Grandad” though none with the same degree of success.
He spent his later years as an artist working from his home in Portugal.
I think the best way to bid Clive farewell is to let him leave singing “Thank You and Good Night”