|Born||22nd March 1934|
|Died||7th August 1994 (aged 60)|
|First appearance||The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker (television), Present Arms (radio)|
|Last appearance||The Desperate Drive of Corporal Jones (television) Ten Seconds From Now (radio)|
|Series||2 - 5 (Television Series), 2 - 3 (Radio Series)|
|Episode count||4 (Television Series), 33 (Radio Series)|
Biography[edit | edit source]
Early life and career[edit | edit source]
Larry Martyn was born in London. He used to be a member of the parachute regiment in the army.
Early acting career[edit | edit source]
Larry first entered in the entertainment industry in the 1950's, working as a variety singer and comedian until he turned 22. In his early years of television work, he mainly played a lot of roles in drama, that is until the 1970's. From this point onwards, he became better known for his roles in light entertainment.
Dad's Army[edit | edit source]Between season 2 - 5 of the Dad's Army television series, Larry often played one off characters one episode each season. He appeared as a soldier in The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker and the first shot of Menace from the Deep, an Italian POW in Don't Fence Me In and the signalman in The Desperate Drive of Corporal Jones. In 1974, Larry took over the role of Private Walker in the radio series. He first recorded Brain Versus Brawn, but the first broadcast episode to feature him was the 1974 Christmas special Present Arms.
Other acting work and later career[edit | edit source]
Larry is probably best remembered as Mr. Mash from the first three seasons of David Croft's other sitcom Are You Being Served?
Final years and death[edit | edit source]
Larry Martyn died at the age of 60 in Kent.
Personal life[edit | edit source]
Even after he left the army, Larry continued his parachuting skills as a hobby.