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Overview (4)

Born in Brixton, London, England, UK
Died in Faro, Algarve, Portugal  (complications from an operation)
Birth NameClive Robert Benjamin Dunn
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Clive Dunn was born on January 9, 1920 in Brixton, London, England as Clive Robert Benjamin Dunn. He was an actor and writer, known for Dad's Army (1968), The Avengers (1961) and Dad's Army (1971). He was married to Priscilla Morgan and Patricia Kenyon. He died on November 6, 2012 in Faro, Algarve, Portugal.

Spouse (2)

Priscilla Morgan (June 1959 - 6 November 2012) ( his death) ( 2 children)
Patricia Kenyon (1951 - 1958) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (1)

Catchphrases "Don't panic!" and "Permission to speak"

Trivia (13)

Cousin of Gretchen Franklin
He was a POW in Austria for 4 years during WWII
David Jason was apparently considered for Dunn's most famous role, that of Jones on the BBC series Dad's Army (1968).
His character in Dad's Army (1968), Corporal Jones was based on a real life character.
Was only about 50 when he was playing Corporal Jones who was meant to be in his 70s.
Has often played older people.
Had a hit with the song, "Grandad". It topped the British charts in the early 70s and was used in his TV show of the same name. The song remained on the charts for 28 weeks.
He was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1975 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to drama.
A staunch socialist, Dunn often clashed with conservative fellow Dad's Army (1968) star, Arthur Lowe, off-the-set.
He spent his last three decades in Portugal, where he painted portraits, landscapes, and seascapes until his eyesight failed.
While a POW during WWII, he became a medical orderly. Since he could speak some German, he was the prisoners' spokesman.
Born into a show-business family. His parents were comedian & baritone Robert (Bobby) Dunn and comedienne Connie Clive, and his maternal grandfather was music hall comedian Frank Lynne.
Starred in a six-part series for BBC Radio in 1988, Definitely Dunn, a mix of jokes, songs and anecdotes from his 50 years in showbusiness.

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