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Harold Bennett (17 September 1899 – 15 September 1981) was an English actor best remembered for having played 'Young Mr. Grace' in the 1970s British sitcom Are You Being Served?.



Bennett was born in Hastings, East Sussex. In his early life he toured America as a clown with a circus. During World War I he was a courier, initially on horseback, then on motorcycle. After the war he took up acting and eventually worked as stage producer in the now defunct Tower Theatre, London. He subsequently pursued a career as an architect, only taking up his acting career again following retirement. He played the recurring character Mr. Blewitt in Dad's Army from 1969 to 1977.

Bennett portrayed 'Young Mr. Grace' in Are You Being Served? as the very old, frugal and slightly absent minded owner of Grace Brothers department store.

Interestingly, the part of 'Old Mr. Grace' was played by Kenneth Waller, who was actually some 28 years younger than Bennett. Bennett's last appearance on Are You Being Served was in the Christmas 1981 episode "Roots?" in which he was a guest at his brother's 90th birthday party. He appeared very weak and was clearly unable to walk. The episode aired some three months after his death, having been filmed earlier in the year.

Harold Bennett died of a heart attack on 15 September 1981, two days before his 82nd birthday.

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