‘Dad’s Army’ actor Bill Pertwee dies aged 86

Pertwee played Warden Hodges in the hit BBC comedy

Bill Pertwee, known for his role in Dad’s Army, has died aged 86.

The actor played Warden Hodges, a greengrocer who became a chief air raid warden, in the hit BBC comedy about the Home Guard during the outbreak of World War II. The series was a huge success and made its stars, including Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier, household names.

Pertwee’s agent, Meg Poole, confirmed today (May 27) – via the Daily Mail – that the actor had passed away at home after suffering a short illness. 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.”


Pertwee’s wife died several years ago and he is survived by his son Jonathan, who added: “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 was the subject of This is Your Life in 1999, and he’d always think how lucky he was.”

Along with starring in Dad’s Army, the actor also appeared in two Carry On films and played PC Wilson in You Rang M’Lud?.


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