Born in July 1919 into a theatrical family - his father was noted screenwriter and actor Roland Pertwee and his cousin, Bill Pertwee, played Chief Warden Hodges in the classic sitcom Dad's Army - he was educated at Frensham Heights School, Sherborne School, and later expelled from Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA); a wartime stint as an officer in the Royal Navy ably prepared him to play a Chief Petty Officer in the long-running radio series The Navy Lark, which he did from 1955 to 1979. He also appeared in four Carry On films: Carry On Cleo (1964, as the soothsayer), Carry On Screaming (1966, as Dr. Fettle), Carry On Cowboy (1965, as Sheriff Earp) and Carry On Columbus (1992, as Duke of Costa Brava) among dozens of others beginning with A Yank at Oxford in 1938.
Twice married - first to Jean Marsh (1955-1960) and then to Ingeborg Rhoesa from 1960 until his death - by his second wife Pertwee had a son and a daughter, Sean and Dariel, who've both gone into the family business.
*On the Cilla Black presented Surprise, Surprise for London Weekend Television.
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