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While he was keen on an acting career his father, who worked in a bank, demanded his son secure a "proper" job and take up the theatre as an amateur.
It was while working as an insurance clerk and seeing a colleague leave to try his luck on the stage that finally prompted Thornton to enrol at an acting school, one that offered evening classes, enabling him to carry on working during office hours.
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Years later Thornton enjoyed joking about his early acting days, revealing how he'd take any job on offer.
As he steadily built his reputation the question became, "What's the part like? " But as he approached pensionable age the question was invariably, "What's the parking like?In 1984 he was nominated for an Olivier award for his role in Me and My Girl.His agent David Daly said yesterday: ‘Frank has been the most wonderful client as well as being a great friend."Soon television began to play an increasingly prominent part in Thornton's career.He guest-starred in the classic blood donor episode of Hancock's Half Hour and appeared in Michael Bentine's madcap It's a Square World, which also featured a young Ronnie Barker and a pre-Dad's Army Clive Dunn.He will be sorely missed.’ Comedian Julian Clary wrote on Twitter: ‘RIP dear, lovely Frank Thornton.’ Classic: The cast of Are You Being Served?