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'The Italian Job' actor John Clive dies, aged 79

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Photo of John Clive, photo dated 26/04/98

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John Clive has died, aged 79.

The actor and successful author was perhaps best known on screen for his role in The Italian Job and for voicing John Lennon in Yellow Submarine.

Clive passed away on Monday (October 15) after a short illness, his family confirmed.

He played a garage manager who looked after Michael Caine's character in The Italian Job, and a tormentor of Alex in A Clockwork Orange.

The actor also appeared in several Carry On films, two Pink Panther movies and several TV shows including Rising Damp, The Sweeney and The Dick Emery Show.

On the West End, he played the scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz and in Tom Stoppard's The Real Inspector Hound.

He later became a best-selling novelist, with books including KG 200 with JD Gilman, Barossa and Broken Wings.

John Clive is survived by two children from his first marriage, a step-son and his second wife Bryony.

Watch John Clive in The Italian Job below:

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