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Clive Dunn

Portrayed Lance Corporal Jones

Born in 1920, Clive Dunn made his debut into the acting profession at the age of 16 in the precarious roles of a dancing frog and a flying dragon in a production at the Holborn Empire. An offspring from parents in show business it came as no surprise when Clive became an actor. However on the outbreak of war Clive found himself serving with the 4th Hussars, he was captured and served as a POW for 4 years in Austria. Clive became very creative in this period discovering his artistic talents by sketching fellow prisoners. Itís a talent, which he has kept right up till today.

After the war Clive returned to the stage and eventually progressed to television playing an old man, Old Johnson in the series Bootsie & Snudge.

By 1968, only in his forties Jimmy Perry and David Croft offered him the role of Corporal Jones in Dad's Army, a role he was hesitant on taking until having great deliberation with fellow actor John Le Mesurier. When he realised John would be playing a sergeant opposite Arthur Lowe's pompous Captain he felt that the series would be a success, and decided to give it a go.

Clive went on to play Jones for 9 years subsequently taking the role further into radio, stage and film and receiving an OBE along the way.

Due to the fact that he was so young the role allowed him many comical situations and scenarios playing a very convincing old man in hair-raising stunts.

When Dad's Army ended Clive played a similar character based around his hit record Grandad for children's television.

Clive retired to Portugal with his wife Priscilla in the mid 80's where he successfully ran a business for some time. He occasionally makes appearances on television and has written his autobiography and a collection of funny stories in recent years.

Now in his 80th year it is quite ironic that Clive has now reached the age of the character he began playing with great effect over 30 years ago.

 

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