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Bill Pertwee Poster

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Overview (4)

Born in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Died in Truro, Cornwall, England, UK
Birth NameWilliam Desmond Anthony Pertwee
Height 5' 9½" (1.77 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Bill Pertwee was born on July 21, 1926 in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England as William Desmond Anthony Pertwee. He was an actor and writer, known for Dad's Army (1968), Dad's Army (1971) and Two in Clover (1969). He was married to Marion Pertwee. He died on May 27, 2013 in Truro, Cornwall, England.

Spouse (1)

Marion Pertwee (1955 - 27 May 2005) ( her death) ( 1 child)

Trivia (15)

He came from a very successful theatrical family. He was the nephew of Roland Pertwee, the first cousin of Jon Pertwee and Michael Pertwee, and the first cousin, once removed, of Sean Pertwee and Dariel Pertwee, who are the children of Jon Pertwee. He was the father of James Pertwee.
He was the godfather to the son of his Dad's Army (1968) co-star Ian Lavender.
He was awarded the M.B.E. (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2007 Queen's Birthday Honors List for his services to charity.
Following the death of his wife Marion, his companion was Maggie Bourgein.
He was a founder member and the president of the Dad's Army (1968) Appreciation Society.
His hobbies were cricket and writing. He wrote books about seaside entertainment, the history of Royal Command performances, military entertainers, and the making of Dad's Army (1968).
Considered unfit for military service as the result of an accident, he worked during World War II in a factory which made parts for Spitfire cannons.
He was an account's clerk at the stock exchange prior to his acting career.
His mother was Brazilian and his English father had French ancestry.
He was evacuated to Sussex during World War II. One of his older brothers died while serving in the RAF.
He met his wife Marion in 1955 when they both appeared in a variety show in Norfolk. They married later that same year.
In 1957, he wrote to BBC director/producer Richard Afton hoping for his big TV break. In the letter, he mentioned his cousin, actor Jon Pertwee, who became a star of the hit radio comedy "The Navy Lark" before taking on the title role in Doctor Who (1963) in 1970. At that point Bill had only been an entertainer for a couple of years, appearing in variety halls.
West Horsley, Surrey, England. [June 2007]
In addition to playing ARP Warden Hodges in Dad's Army (1968), Bill was also the audience warm-up man.
He is portrayed by Shane Richie in We're Doomed! The Dad's Army Story (2015).

Personal Quotes (2)

Things began to disintegrate in the later 1950s. It was when we stopped communicating with each other. The wealth roller-coaster of the 1980s made it worse. It's a great country, but we've lost our way a bit.
[on his cousin Jon Pertwee] He was an actor's actor. He was brilliant on radio - a great voices man. He was also marvellous on stage and television.

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