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Dad's Army actor Bill Pertwee leaves £400,000 in will

By WMNlynbarton  |  Posted: November 24, 2013

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Bill Pertwee, second from left, with members of the Dad's Army cast in their heyday.

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Dad’s Army actor Bill Pertwee, who played grumpy Warden Hodges in the series, left £426,888 in his will to his actor son, Jonathan.

The star who was living at a Conish residential home when died in May aged 86 left the bulk of his estate to his only child though legacies were left for other relatives, friends and charities, according to the Mail on Sunday.

Mr Pertwee appeared in 60 of the 80 episodes of the much-loved BBC comedy, which ran for nine series from 1968 to 1977.

He had been living at High Point Lodge Residential home in Wadebridge, Cornwall, and was with his companion Maggie Bourgein, his son Jonathan Pertwee and Jonathan’s partner Louise Yarwood when he died.

Although he was best known for his roles in the Bafta award-winning Dad’s Army, Mr Pertwee also performed in an opera, pantomimes and the 2010 World Cup song.

The actor appeared in You Rang M’Lord? as well as three Carry On films and over the years he worked with Spike Milligan, Kenneth Williams, George Burns and Sammy Davis Junior.

Mr Pertwee was also a skilled impressionist, and was in more than 1,000 radio broadcasts for BBC comedy programmes Round the Horne and Beyond our Ken.

Before he moved to Wadebridge, he had lived in Topsham, Devon, where he was vice-patron of the Devon in Sight charity.

He also supported a Cornwall hospice for children and youth theatre as part of his charity work.

Mr Pertwee was airlifted to hospital in May from a residential home in Wadebridge, Cornwall.

The actor died three hours later.

His wife of 45 years, Marion McLeod died on the same date in 2005 aged 77.

Jonathan Pertwee is the couple's only son and has appeared in a string of television programmes himself.

Bill Pertwee was a distant cousin of Michael and Jon Pewtree, the latter of shot to fame in his role as the Third Doctor in Doctor Who.

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