Monday, 5 March 2012

"Your name will also go on the list, what is it?" RIP Philip Madoc

It is one of the most iconic scenes in the history of British situation comedy. In the Dad's Army episode 'The Deadly Attachment', the famous German U-boat Captain who antagonised Captain Mainwaring by collecting a list of names of those who have upset him and who will be brought to account once the war ends was played by Welsh actor Philip Madoc.

He appeared the 1990s detective series A Mind to Kill as DCI Noel Bain and appeared in episodes of the BBC sitcoms The Good Life, Porridge and The Goodies. He also took the lead role in the BBC Wales drama The Life and Times of David Lloyd George. He also played many science fiction roles including a number of appearances in Doctor Who. He also appeared in film roles including Operation Crossbow (1965), The Quiller Memorandum (1966) and Operation Daybreak (1975).

A Welshman and a Welsh speaker, born in Merthyr Tydfil, he was married for 20 years to Hi-de-Hi favourite Ruth Madoc with whom he had a son and a daughter. They divorced in 1981.

He passed away today of natural causes aged 77 and despite this varied acting career, he will forever be fondly remembered for his impersonation of that brash and uber-confident German. This is why...

RIP Philip Madoc

1 comment:

  1. That was a classic. Right up there with John Cleese's "whatever you do, don't mention the war" (and he ends up goose stepping).