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Don't Panic, but a bit of mourning for Clive Dunn.

Don't Panic, but a bit of mourning for Clive Dunn. | Recent Deaths | Scoop.it

Famous for playing the old Corporal Jack Jones who was a part time butcher (with a converted van) in Dad's Army, as well as Grandad, whose famous song recalls penny farthings and Chaplin movies, Clive Dunn has died aged 92. He also played Old Johnson in Bootsie and Snudge. He lived in Portugal with several years. 

Jack Jones' catchphrases included "They don't like it up 'em", the unPC "fuzzie-wuzzies", "Permission to speak, Mr Manwaring." His love interest was a Mrs Fox. He also did some of his own stunts. 

He trained at the Italia Conti acting school and had walk ons in Will Hay's "Boys Will Be Boys" and "Goodbye Mr Chips". During the war he was in the 4th Hussars.

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Neil Armstrong - Early Pilot who became first man on Moon

Neil Armstrong - Early Pilot who became first man on Moon | Recent Deaths | Scoop.it

As you probably know, Neil Armstrong was the first man to set foot on the Moon utter the famous words: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for Mankind" (sic). What you may not know is that he became a pilot at age 16 in his home state of Ohio. He fought in the Korean War. He became a civilian research pilot at the Lewis research centre, but first trained as a scientist. As a research pilot he several experimental craft.

After his famous spacewalk he became a deputy association administrator for aeronautics and then a professor of aeronautics.

He seemed to believe that the astronauts' studies on the Moon were being more and more overlooked.

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Actor Geoffrey Hughes - known as Eddie Yeats and Onslow.

Actor Geoffrey Hughes - known as Eddie Yeats and Onslow. | Recent Deaths | Scoop.it

Geoffrey Hughes has died after a long battle with cancer. His TV credits include the famous cobbles of Coronation Street and in the Roy Clarke comedy Keeping Up Appearances. 

As Eddie Yeates, he partnered Stan Ogden (Bernard Youles) and generally annoyed Hilda Ogden (Jean Alexander), as a binman and general odd jobber. As Onslow he was the brother-in-law from Hell for Hyancinth Bucket (Bouquet-Patricia Routledge) with his mongrel on his lap, and his string vest, and less than affable postcode.

His first known acting performance was as Podge in The Likely Lads. His last job was playing the voice of a clown in The History of Stand Up Comedy but he also had a part in the teen drama Skins.

A writer of Skins, commenting under the name, JamieBritain, said: "He played three seperate roles on the show over the years, and he made every one of them his own."

He appeared to in such classics as Dad's Army, The Royle Family as well as the alias for the Valeyard in Doctor Who in the 1980s.  

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The First Romana in Doctor Who, Mary Tamm

The First Romana in Doctor Who, Mary Tamm | Recent Deaths | Scoop.it

Actress Mary Tamm has died aged 62. She came to prominence playing Romana, a Time Lady opposite Tom Baker's Doctor Who. She agreed to play Romana as long as she wouldn't be a damsel in distress. She left after she felt that Romana had become this. She was opposed to Lalla Ward's portrayal of the role, saying that Romana was still wearing the same style of clothing.

Mary Tamm was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire. She trained at RADA and began her acting career in the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, working with Ronnie Barker and Joan Sims. On stage she was Abigail in Abigail's Party and Amanda in Coward's Private Lives. She also appeared on tv in Wire in the Blood and Jonathan Creek. 

She leaves behind a husband, Marcus Ringrose, a daughter Lauren and a grandson Max.

 

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Herbert Lom: Clouseau's Famous Nemesis

Herbert Lom: Clouseau's Famous Nemesis | Recent Deaths | Scoop.it

Herbert Lom was most famous for playing Chief Inspector Dreyfuss in the Pink Panther movies, who went mad due to Inspector Clouseau's behaviour, famously trying to kill him several times. "It was a godsend for me," he said, "But it became a double-edged sword as people associated me with the role and I lost parts as a result." 

He was born with the very long name Herbert Charles Angelo Kuchacevich ze Schluderpacheru, apparently from aristocratic parents in Prague. He emigrated to England at the start of the Second World War. He played Napoleon Bonaparte, The Phantom, and Captain Nemo. He was also one of the Ladykillers.

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Sid Waddell, The Voice of Magic Darts

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Sid Waddell was considered the voice of darts on both BBC and Sky TV commentator known as 'the voice of darts'. He was born in Northumberland, the son of a miner. He trained as a clerk, but started presenting a show called the Indoor League about different indoor games.

He commented on his first match in 1977 and never looked back. Such phrases as "There's only one word for that-magic darts" and "It's the greatest comeback since Lazarus." He felt the perfect recipe for a commentator was "to know when to shut up." He also wrote the show Jossie's Giants. He is survived by his wife, Irene and four children. 

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Miriam Ben Porat, First Female State Comptroller of Israel.

Miriam Ben Porat, First Female State Comptroller of Israel. | Recent Deaths | Scoop.it

Miriam Ben-Porat died aged 94. She was accepted into a man's world, the Jewish state parliament of Israel, working in the first years of Israel's Statehood. She rose to become a Judge, then Vice President and finally State Controller.

Miriam Shinezon was born in Lithuania in 1918. In 1936 she left her family to emigrate to British controlled Palestine. Most of her family was killed in the holocaust.

She exposed several incidents of corruption in the government, the exposure of Shas' interior minister, Aryeh Deri,  evidence of torture by the Shin Bet in investigations, and the Police's investigation procedures.

In 1991 she was awarded the Israel Prize, the country's highest honour, but she was also given the Yakir Yerushalaim, or Citizen of Jerusalem in 2004.

She is survived by a daughter and three grandchildren.

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Austrian sculptural and collage artist Franz West

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Franz West has died aged 65 in Vienna. 

His work was always in reaction to his contemporaries, the Vienna Actionism movement. He made large aluminum sculptures and brightly coloured upholstered chairs.

He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Bruno Gorincoli was one of his contemporaries. His work in recent years has been exhibited in the Venice Biennale. He also created The Igo and the Id for the Baltimore Museum of Art of rumpled coloured ribbons reaching 20 feet in the air.

In 1980 he created plaster objects to be worn over the face, around the waist or held in the crook of the neck.

His last exhibition was in Graz in Austria.

He leaves a wife Tamuna Sirbiladze.

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