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About James Beck
<The Times, August 7, 1973>
James Beck, the Cockney son of a tram driver, who made his reputation as Private Walker, the spiv of television's "Dad's Army", died yesterday.
A busy television and radio actor - he will be seen in the autumn in another series of "Romany Jones" - he never succeeded in escaping from the Cockney parts he hoped to outgrow. But his handling of the high-spirited, mildly antisocial, Walker made him an attractive foil to the altogether law-abiding idealistic colleagues he gathered around him in his hilarious Home Guard adventures.
Beck, who was in his forties, was born in Islington. He won a scholarship to art school and became a commercial artist. Later he went into repertory theatre.
He is survived by a widow and three children.