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Dad's Army air warden Bill Pertwee dies aged 86

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Bill Pertwee. Photo: Matthew Fearn/PA Wire

Bill Pertwee. Photo: Matthew Fearn/PA Wire

Bill Pertwee. Photo: Matthew Fearn/PA Wire

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

The actor, who was known for his frequent cry of "Put that light out!" in the 1970s 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."

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 England World Cup song.

The actor appeared in You Rang M'Lord? as well as three Carry On films: Carry On Loving (1970), Carry On At Your Convenience (1971) and Carry On Girls (1973).

Pertwee and Roy Hudd starred in their first pantomime together in the 1950s and over the years Pertwee worked with Spike Milligan, Kenneth Williams, George Burns and Sammy Davis Junior.

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.

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