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Dad’s Army star Frank Williams, who played Timothy Farthing in classic BBC sitcom dead at 90

ARTHUR LOWE

Arthur Lowe, who played Captain Mainwaring in Dad's Army, had a career spanning 36 years, winning seven BAFTAs before him.  He died on April 15, 1982, aged 66, after a stroke

Arthur Lowe, who played Captain Mainwaring in Dad’s Army, had a career spanning 36 years, winning seven BAFTAs before him. He died on April 15, 1982, aged 66, after a stroke

Fame and fortune came late for actor Arthur Lowe, the blushing, pompous Captain Mainwaring of Dad’s Army.

Fifteen years after first hitting the shelves in repertory theaters, he finally gained national attention in 1960 as draper Leonard Swindley on Coronation Street.

And then, in 1968, at the age of 52, he took on the part in the much-loved wartime sitcom for which he will always be remembered – and regarded as one of the most recognized faces on British television.

His 36-year career earned him seven BAFTAs. He died on April 15, 1982, aged 66, following a stroke. He was survived by his wife, actress Joan Cooper, who died of stomach cancer seven years later.

IAN LAVENDER

Ian Lavender was the youngest cast member to play Private Pike on Dad's Army.  Now 76 years old, he is the only main character alive today

Ian Lavender was the youngest cast member to play Private Pike on Dad’s Army. Now 76 years old, he is the only main character alive today

Ian Lavender was the youngest cast member to play Private Pike on Dad’s Army. Now, at age 76, he is the only main character still alive.

He was only 22 when he was cast as the show’s “stupid boy” and made him a household name in Britain.

After Dad’s Army, Lavender later moved on to the theater and later to TV comedy shows such as Yes Minister, The Hello Goodbye Man and ITV’s TV game show Cluedo in 1990.

After surviving cancer and a heart attack, Lavender was stricken with the potentially fatal condition last year during a brief return to EastEnders.

He first joined the soap in 2001 as Derek Harkinson, a gay friend of Pauline Fowler, and left in 2005. He returned in 2016 before succumbing to sepsis.

Lavender said he would love to be back in EastEnders, but after his sepsis diagnosis, the show fears it won’t be able to insure him.

CLIVE DUNN

Clive Dunn OBE played Lance Corporal Jones in the BBC sitcom Dad's Army and, like most other cast members, had military experience before starring in the WW2 set show

Clive Dunn OBE played Lance Corporal Jones in the BBC sitcom Dad’s Army and, like most other cast members, had military experience before starring in the WW2 set show

Clive Dunn OBE played Lance Corporal Jones in the BBC sitcom Dad’s Army and, like most other cast members, had military experience before starring in the WW2 set show.

Before joining the army in World War II, Clive Dunn, born in Brixton, south London, had an acting career with a few small film roles in the 1930s.

He served as a trooper and was posted to the Middle East in December 1940. Dunn was also one of 400 men taken as prisoners of war in the Corinth Canal in Greece in 1941.

Dunn, aged 48, was a younger cast member of the Dad’s Army lineup and played an older butcher who had considerable military experience, making him a crucial part of the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard.

He died on November 6, 2012 at the age of 92 as a result of “complications from surgery” he had earlier that week.

JOHN LE MESURIR

John Le Mesurier appeared in more than 120 movies and countless TV shows across a variety of genres during his staggering 46-year career.  He is depicted as his character, Sergeant Arthur Wilson in Dad's Army

John Le Mesurier appeared in more than 120 movies and countless TV shows across a variety of genres during his staggering 46-year career. He is depicted as his character, Sergeant Arthur Wilson in Dad’s Army

John Le Mesurier appeared in more than 120 movies and countless TV shows across a variety of genres during his staggering 46-year career.

Le Mesurier played middle-class sergeant Arthur Wilson in Dad’s Army and collaborated with his old friend Clive Dunn on the sitcom.

Interested in the stage as a young adult, he made his stage debut at the age of 23 in September 1934 at the Palladium Theater in Edinburgh in the play Dangerous Corner.

Le Mesurier died on November 16, 1983, aged 71, of a stomach hemorrhage following a ‘complication of cirrhosis’ of the liver.

FRANK WILLIAMS

Actor Frank Williams, who was best known for playing Timothy Farthing in Dad's Army, died on June 26, 2022 at the age of 90.

Actor Frank Williams, who was best known for playing Timothy Farthing in Dad’s Army, died on June 26, 2022 at the age of 90.

Actor Frank Williams, who was best known for playing Timothy Farthing in Dad’s Army, died on June 26, 2022 at the age of 90.

Frank, who died just six days before his 91st birthday on July 2, appeared in similar roles to Reverend Timothy Farthing in the BBC TV sitcom, as members of the clergy in You Rang, M’Lord? Hi-de-Hi!, What’s Up Nurse, The Worker and Vanity Fair.

Born in Hampstead Heath, North London in 1931, only child to parents William and Alice Williams, he attended school at Ardingly College in West Sussex and Hendon School – before starting his acting career at the Watford Palace Theatre.

This was his foot in the door to be a part of one of Britain’s most legendary sitcoms, Dad’s Army, as the repertory was run by the show’s creator, Jimmy Perry.

He once described his time in Dad’s Army as the “happiest period of his professional life.”

JOHN LAURIE

Scottish actor John Laurie played Private Frazer, a 'skinny' undertaker and Home Guard soldier in Dad's Army

Scottish actor John Laurie played Private Frazer, a ‘skinny’ undertaker and Home Guard soldier in Dad’s Army

Scottish actor John Laurie played Private Frazer, a “skinny” undertaker and Home Guard soldier in Dad’s Army.

In his book Dad’s Army: The Story of a Very British Comedy, author Graham McCann described Laurie as “grumpy” and “mischievous” and “enjoyed playing some sort of professional pessimist.”

He has appeared in numerous productions, both on stage, on film and on television, with his first film, Juno and the Paycock, which was directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

Laurie died of emphysema on June 23, 1980 at the age of 83.

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