Lavender, who was born in Birmingham, was only 22 years old when he was cast in the role of the guileless platoon member in a BBC sitcom that was being produced at the time.
However, it was because of this that he became a well-known figure, and he ended up working on the comedy classic for a period of ten years.
Lavender, who passed away on Friday, was the last one from the core cast of the series who was still alive.
Dad’s Army actor Ian Lavender, who played Private Pike in the hit TV series, dies aged 77https://t.co/zJzzjkL1f4
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Aside from his role in Dad’s Army, he has also performed on stage, including in The Merchant of Venice, and in various television comedy, such as Yes Minister.
In addition, he appeared on EastEnders as Derek Harkinson, a part that he played again in 2016 for a plotline that was related to the holiday season.
Dad’s Army was a popular television series that aired on BBC One from 1968 until 1977. It was about a Home Guard platoon that was stationed during the Second World War.
There were also a number of other actors who appeared in it, including Arnold Ridley as Private Godfrey, John Le Mesurier as Sergeant Wilson, and Arthur Lowe as Captain Mainwaring.
In addition to being the youngest member of the group, the unfortunate Pike worked as a bank clerk.
It was not uncommon for him to come into contact with Mainwaring, who would taunt him by saying, “You stupid boy!”
Throughout the 1970s, the series consistently attracted more than 18 million viewers, and it has had a significant and long-lasting impact on the popular culture of the United Kingdom.
There are also a few of its other catchphrases that are still used today, such as “don’t panic!”, “put that light out!”, and “they don’t like it up ’em!”
In the year 2001, Lavender became a member of the EastEnders cast, in which she remained for a period of four years.
While he was in Walford for a short period of time, fifteen years after his initial appearance, he eventually left the town in 2017 due to the fact that he became ill with sepsis.
It was the following year that the 50th anniversary of Dad’s Army was celebrated, and Royal Mail remembered this occasion by issuing a collection of stamps that featured the key characters from the series.