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Bill Pertwee obituary

27 May 2013 4:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor best known for playing the officious Arp warden William Hodges in Dad's Army

In his early days as a cabaret artist, the actor Bill Pertwee, who has died aged 86, did a manic cricket revue sketch at a fashionable club in central London. A haughty and inebriated diner kicked over his stumps and shouted: "How's that?" Pertwee punched him in the stomach and was escorted out by the head waiter, who informed him that the customer was always right. "As far as I'm concerned, he isn't!" retorted Pertwee.

This bubbling belligerence was successfully incorporated into the bossy character that made Pertwee famous: Arp Warden William Hodges in the celebrated BBC television series Dad's Army (1968-77), written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft. As Hodges, he perpetually clashed with Captain George Mainwaring (Arthur Lowe) of the Home Guard.

The inspiration for the way Pertwee played the warden came from his boyhood during the second world war, »

- Dennis Barker

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Bill Pertwee obituary

27 May 2013 4:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor best known for playing the officious Arp warden William Hodges in Dad's Army

In his early days as a cabaret artist, the actor Bill Pertwee, who has died aged 86, did a manic cricket revue sketch at a fashionable club in central London. A haughty and inebriated diner kicked over his stumps and shouted: "How's that?" Pertwee punched him in the stomach and was escorted out by the head waiter, who informed him that the customer was always right. "As far as I'm concerned, he isn't!" retorted Pertwee.

This bubbling belligerence was successfully incorporated into the bossy character that made Pertwee famous: Arp Warden William Hodges in the celebrated BBC television series Dad's Army (1968-77), written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft. As Hodges, he perpetually clashed with Captain George Mainwaring (Arthur Lowe) of the Home Guard.

The inspiration for the way Pertwee played the warden came from his boyhood during the second world war, »

- Dennis Barker

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Bill Pertwee, star of Dad's Army, dies aged 86

27 May 2013 4:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor who played air raid warden Hodges in 1970s sitcom died peacefully with his family around him, his agent said

Dad's Army star Bill Pertwee died on Monday at the age of 86.

The actor, who was best known for his role as the air raid warden Hodges in the classic 1970s comedy, died peacefully in his sleep, according to his agent Meg Poole. The actor had been ill over Christmas and was at a home in Cornwall at the time of his death.

Pertwee's argumentative character was well known for his frequent wartime cry of "Put that light out!"

Poole said: "Anybody who was in Dad's Army was very well known. If you're in Dad's Army, which has never been off the television in one way or another, they've been repeated endlessly by the BBC, they're repeated endlessly on digital channels and people watch it and it's still getting incredibly good ratings. »

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