Dad's Army star Bill Pertwee dies

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 May 2013
Bill Pertwee

Bill Pertwee

Bill Pertwee, who was best known for his role as air raid warden Hodges in 'Dad's Army', passed away in his sleep yesterday (27.05.13) aged 86

'Dad's Army' star Bill Pertwee has died aged 86.

The acting legend, who played air raid warden Hodges in the 1970s sitcom, passed away peacefully in his sleep in Cornwall, south west England, yesterday (27.05.13) surrounded by his family, according to his agent Meg Poole.

She said: "He was a really, really nice man. Very bright, very intelligent.

"He came from a big theatrical family, a big show business family, and like all of them it was his life and it was very important to him and he was a hugely professional, very clever man."

Bill's son Jonathan led the tributes to the actor - who wrote a book about the series, entitled 'Dad's Army: The Making of a Television Legend', in 1989 - describing him as "very humble" and "extraordinary versatile".

He said: "He would give everything a go. He was very dedicated to the people around him and he was very dedicated to his charity work.

"But also he was very humble about the whole thing ... He'd say, 'Marvellous, isn't it, to be in this business,' because he said, 'I'm not really a proper actor,' but he was extraordinarily versatile."

Bill's 'Dad's Army' alter-ego was known for his catchphrase, "Put that light out!", and the actor also starred in two 'Carry On' films - 'Carry on Loving' and 'Carry On Girls' - as well as the final episode of sitcom 'It Ain't Half Hot Mum'.

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