David Croft

Major David John Croft OBE (7 September 1922 – 27 September 2011), born David John Andrew Sharland, was an English writer, producer and director. He is particularly noted for producing and co-writing a string of popular BBC sitcoms including Dad's Army, Are You Being Served?, It Ain't Half Hot Mum, Hi-de-Hi!, 'Allo 'Allo! and You Rang, M'Lord?. Croft was born into a showbiz family: his mother, Annie Croft (1896–1995), was a famous stage actress and his father, Reginald Sharland (1886–1944), had a successful career as a radio actor in Hollywood. His first public appearance was at age 7, when he was seen in a commercial which aired in cinemas. After that, his acting career in films "began and ended" with his uncredited appearance as Perkins in the film Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939). Croft was educated at St John's Wood Preparatory School and Rugby School in Warwickshire. He married theatrical agent Ann Callender on 2 June 1952, and they had seven children. Croft enlisted in the Royal Artillery in 1942. He served during the Second World War in North Africa, India and Singapore.


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