Dad’s Army Reverend actor Frank Williams dies aged 90 and fans mourn the loss

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27 Jun 2022, 13:18

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Sad news over in TV world today. The actor Frank Williams, best known for starring in much-loved retro sitcom Dad’s Army, has died at the age of 90.

A statement on his Facebook confirmed the heart-wrenching news and read: "So sorry to say that our beloved friend, colleague and actor, Frank Williams, passed away this morning.

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

The talented actor brought much laughter to the world starring as Reverend Timothy Farthing in the BBC comedy from 1969 until the last episode in 1977.

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Born in Edgeware, London, he also starred in TV classics You Rang, M’Lord?, Hi-de-Hi! and What’s Up Nurse, plus various films including Inn for Trouble Just for Fun, Hide and Seek, and Headline Hunters.

In 2016, he was the only actor to reprise his role for the Dad’s Army film, while co-star Ian Lavender appeared as a different character.

Frank said in the past of his time on Dad’s Army: "It was the happiest period of my professional life."

Fans commented on the post in their droves. One read: "Ah very sad to hear of the death of Frank Williams, who played the Reverend Timothy Farthing in Dads Army and was an actual member of General Synod. A glorious vision of ministry - well done, good and faithful servant.’

Another said: "Very sad to hear that Frank Williams has died. He was a wonderfully fastidious foil to the platoon in Dad’s Army and by all accounts a thoroughly nice man. Flags at half mast in Walmington-on-Sea. Only Ian Lavender left now from one of TV’s most perfect ensembles."

A third penned: Rest in peace, dear Frank. Together with all our departed friends."

Never forgotten and always in our hearts.