Clive Dunn, who played Lance Corporal Jones in BBC sitcom Dad’s Army, has died at the age of 92, his agent announces.
His agent Peter Charlesworth said the star will be “sorely missed”.
He said: “He will be a real loss to the acting profession.”
Dunn, who leaves his wife, children and grandchildren, was born in London into a showbusiness family and started out with a number of small film roles in the 1930s before the war intervened.He served in Greece before being captured and spent four years as a prisoner of war.
After the war he resumed his career and in 1968 landed the role of Corporal Jones in the much-loved sitcom about life on the home front.
The character, a World War One veteran-turned butcher, was notorious for his often rambling recollections of his time in the army and his much-used catchphrase “Don’t panic”.
Dunn also had a number one hit in 1970 with Grandad and went on to play the title character in a children’s show of the same name.
Mr Charlesworth said: “He had been a star since the mid 1930s.
“He was a young man playing old men even when he was young.”
Dunn lived in Portugal for more than 20 years and, in a 1992 interview with Saga Magazine, he explained the appeal of the place was down to Greta Garbo.
He said: “The reason I came to Portugal originally was through seeing Greta Garbo in the film Queen Christina. In the script she was going to the south west corner of Europe, full of sunshine, where warm breezes blew.
“The final shot shows her on her way to Portugal and I thought if it’s good enough for Garbo, it’s good enough for me.”