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as Mr. Mash in Are You Being Served?
22 March 1934
London, England, United Kingdom
|Died||7 August 1994
Kent, England, United Kingdom
Lawrence "Larry" Martyn (22 March 1934 – 7 August 1994) was a British actor known for his comedy performances.
Larry was born in London and was a former member of the Parachute Regiment. He was famous as Mr. Mash in the BBC comedy series Are You Being Served?, appearing in the first three series before being replaced by Arthur English. He was unable to continue in this role because he was committed to the television series Spring and Autumn with Jimmy Jewel. Other TV appearances included Dad's Army, On the Buses, Look - Mike Yarwood!, Rising Damp, The Detectives and Grange Hill. He also played alongside Frankie Howerd in two of his BBC shows, Up Pompeii! and Whoops Baghdad.
Larry played the role of the lovable spiv Private Walker in the radio version of Dad's Army after the death of James Beck. His film roles included Carry On at Your Convenience where he had a small part as the pier rifle-range owner, and Carry On Behind, where he played an inept electrician who helps wire up the public address system at the campsite the film was set in.
Film and TV appearances
- Never Back Losers (1961)
- On the Beat (1962)
- The Great St Trinian's Train Robbery (1966)
- Up the Junction (1968)
- Up Pompeii! (1970)
- Look - Mike Yarwood! (1971)
- Carry On at Your Convenience (1971)
- For the Love of Ada (1972)
- Upstairs, Downstairs (Your Obedient Servant) (1972)
- Are You Being Served? (1972-1975)
- Spring and Autumn (1972-1976)
- Elementary, My Dear Watson (1973)
- Whoops Baghdad (1973)
- On the Buses (1973)
- Carry On Behind (1975)
- West End Tales (1981)
- Grange Hill (1981)
- Minder (1982)
- Don't Wait Up (1983)
- The Detectives (1993)
- The Bill (1989) and (1993)
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