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Colin Bean (15 April 1926 – 20 June 2009) was an English actor best known for his role as Private Sponge in the Second World War sitcom Dad's Army from 1968 to 1977, appearing in 76 of Dad’s Army’s 80 episodes.Born in Wigan, Lancashire, Bean's father played football for local side Wigan Borough, and he attended Wigan Grammar School. Bean's first appearance had been as a shepherd in a school play, and much against paternal intentions, he took up acting professionally until being called up for national service. He served for four years, spending some time in Japan, and taking the opportunity to continue his acting by joining the British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF). After graduating from drama school in 1952, he joined the Sheffield Rep as assistant stage manager; regular theatre work followed.His work in Dad's Army came as a result of working at Watford Rep in 1962 under series co-writer Jimmy Perry as the company's actor/manager, in addition to almost 20 years of playing a pantomime dame. His TV appearances were varied, including Z-Cars, The Gnomes of Dulwich, The Liver Birds, 13 episodes of Michael Bentine Time, Are You Being Served?, and the penultimate episode of Hi-de-Hi! (1988).Due to his arthritis, in his later years he concentrated on his radio work. He wrote his autobiography, Who Do You Think You Are Kidding!, which was published in 1998 and went into two editions.Though using a wheelchair in his latter years, he continued to make sporadic appearances on stage in the North West of England discussing his long acting career. He was also a regular at Dad's Army reunions. He continued to live in the Scholes area of his native Wigan until his death. He died aged 83, in Wigan Infirmary, on 20 June 2009. Wikipedia

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Hi-de-Hi! 1988 TV Series Verger
Jossy's Giants 1986 TV Series
Ladykillers 1981 TV Series Clerk of Court
Cribb 1981 TV Series Police Constable
Dad's Army 1968-1977 TV Series Private Sponge
Potter's Picture Palace 1976 TV Series Vicar
Potty Time 1973 TV Series
Casanova '73 1973 TV Series Coffee-stall proprietor
Are You Being Served? 1973 TV Series the Leatherette Gloves
Comedy Playhouse 1973 TV Series Newsboy
The Liver Birds 1971-1972 TV Series First Speaker / Police Constable
Now, Take My Wife 1971 TV Series
Dad's Army 1971 Platoon
Up Pompeii! 1970 TV Series Centurion
Broaden Your Mind 1969 TV Series Various Characters
The First Churchills 1969 TV Mini-Series Lord Russell
The Gold Robbers 1969 TV Series Prisoner
The Gnomes of Dulwich 1969 TV Series Gnome
No Hiding Place 1966 TV Series Det. Sgt. Parsons
Z Cars 1963 TV Series Mr. Cowper

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Comedy Connections 2007 TV Series documentary Pte. Sponge
Selection Box 1997 TV Series Pte. Sponge
Omnibus 1995 TV Series documentary Pte. Sponge

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1 Wigan, England
2 Served in the British Army (1944-48) and was part of the British Occupation Force in Japan after the war. First performed in shows and for allied forces radio.
3 British comedy actor, the son of a footballer for regional team Wigan Borough. He was best known for playing Private Sponge in 76 of the 80 episodes of TV's Dad's Army (1968). His first regular theatrical work was with the Southport Repertory Company in 1948, after finishing his military service. He completed his acting training with the Bradford Civic Theatre School. Colin made his TV debut in 1961.
4 For some time managed the Bijou Theatre in Wigan.
5 Worked as a stage manager and actor in repertory companies.
6 Later worked primarily in radio after crippled by arthritis.
7 Autobiography entitled "Who Do You Think You're Kidding!" published in 1998.

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