Beloved British actor and Dad’s Army star Frank Williams dies aged 90

Beloved British actor Franks Williams, who is best known for playing Reverend Timothy Farthing in the British series Daddy’s armypassed away at the age of 90.

The star’s passing was announced over the weekend in a Facebook page dedicated to the actor.

“I am sorry to say that our beloved friend, colleague and actor, Frank Williams, passed away this morning,” the message read.

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“He was almost 91 and we are grateful for all the years of joy, laughter and happiness he has brought to so many. Thank you Frank! X.”

Williams appeared in 39 of the 80 episodes of Dad’s Army, a sitcom about the British Home Guard during World War II. The BBC series aired from 1968 to 1977 and ran for nine seasons. There was also a stage show and movie based on the series, which also featured Williams.

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Beloved British actor and Dad's Army star Frank Williams dies aged 90.
Frank Williams (correct) appeared in 39 of the 80 episodes of the beloved sitcom Dad’s Army. (BBC)

“At first I thought it was just for one episode, but the character became a fixture,” he said in a 90th birthday interview last year.

“I ended up starring in 39 of the 80 TV episodes, the original movie, stage show and 14 radio episodes. It’s hard to believe I’m celebrating that milestone.”

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Williams also appeared in the 1952 film Ivanhoestarring Elizabeth Taylor, and he had a small part in the 1953 film The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan

The actor also had roles in the TV comedies The army gameYou called M’Lord and Hi-De-Hello!

Actor Frank Williams poses with other members of Dad's Army to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first episode aired in July 1968 at the Imperial War Museum on July 9, 2008 in London, England.
Frank Williams attends the 40th anniversary of Dad’s Army premiere in 2008 in London. (Getty)

Morris Bright, the chairman of production company Elstree Studios, was one of the first to pay tribute to the late actor.

“Unfortunately there is only one left of these wonderful bringers of joy, as we say goodbye to Daddy’s army star actor Frank Williams who passed away at age 90,” Bright tweeted alongside a photo of the Dad’s Army cast.

“Here with Ian Lavender, Bill Pertwee & Clive Dunn at the plaque unveiling for co-star John le Mesurier in 1993. Happy memories of a great day.”

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