Monday, 5 March 2012

Philip Madoc - Dad's Army's U Boat Captain 1934 - 2012

Philip Madoc with Arthur Lowe
In Dad's Army
The actor Philip Madoc has died after a short illness.

Born in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales in 1934, Madoc became a popular actor on stage and screen playing a diverse range of roles from King Lear to David Lloyd George.

He played no less than four different roles in Doctor Who but undoubtedly one of his best remembered roles was his cameo appearance in the 1973 Dad's Army episode The Deadly Attachment as The U Boat Captain.

The memorable sequence when he makes a list regarding who will be brought to account when the Germans win the war went on to become one of the funniest moments in comedy history.


He recalled in 2009 at his one man stage performance An Evening With Philip Madoc at The New Theatre, Cardiff that he had gained recognition all around the world for his role in Dad's Army. "I suspect my tombstone will have the words "Don't Tell Him Pike" emblazoned on it" he said at the time.

Madoc recreated the role of The U Boat Captain for The Dad's Army radio series in 1975 and had appeared at several Dad's Army events in recent years.

Philip Madoc was always a wonderful presence on television, radio and stage he will be missed.

Read on:
Audiobook Review: A Brother Cadfael Mystery - Dead Man's Ransom
South Wales Argus Review: Dylan Thomas and Friends By Philip Madoc
Memories of Philip Madoc at Retrospace

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