DAD'S ARMY star COLIN BEAN has died at the age of 82.
The British actor played Private Sponge in the long running wartime sitcom, appearing in every episode between 1968 and 1977.
The star spent the last years of his life at a care home in Springfield, England and passed away at an infirmary in Wigan on Saturday (20Jun09).
Bean's career also included appearances in other British shows such as The Liver Birds, Are You Being Served? and Hi-de-Hi!
His last public appearance came at a meeting of the Dad's Army Appreciation Society last year (08).
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