Friday 24 January 2020

Star of 'Dad's Army' Bill Pertwee dies aged 86

Olivia Goldhill

Bill Pertwee, best known for playing grumpy air raid warden Hodges in 'Dad's Army', died yesterday. He was 86.

The actor, who was known for his frequent cry of "Put that light out!" in the classic comedy, died peacefully in a Cornwall hospital with his family.

His son, Jonathan (46) paid tribute to his father, saying: "He was very loved by everyone that knew him. I think he'd like to be remembered as someone who had a good go and loved the people he was around."

Pertwee received many awards for his acting and comedy, including an MBE in June 2007 for his charity work and entertainment services and a Comic Heritage Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.

Although he was best known for his roles in the Bafta award-winning 'Dad's Army', Pertwee also performed in an opera, pantomimes and the 2010 World Cup song. The actor appeared in 'You Rang M'Lord?' as well as three 'Carry On' films.

Pertwee was also a skilled impressionist and was in more than 1,000 radio broadcasts for BBC comedy programmes 'Round the Horne' and 'Beyond our Ken'.

His wife Marion McLeod died on the same date in 2005. He is survived by Jonathan and two grandchildren, aged 15 and 19.

Irish Independent

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