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Subject: Italian Job actor John Clive dies at 79

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/16/12 at 8:46 am

Actor and author John Clive has died at the age of 79 following a short illness, his family has confirmed.

Clive, who was the voice of an animated John Lennon in Yellow Submarine and appeared alongside Michael Caine in The Italian Job, died on Monday.

His other credits include several Carry On films, Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange and two Pink Panther movies.

Clive also appeared in TV series including Rising Damp, The Sweeney and The Dick Emery Show.

He also starred in Ken Loach's Wear A Very Big Hat.

Successful novelist

Clive's stage career included several stints in London's West End. He played the scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz at the Victoria Palace and also appeared in Tom Stoppard's The Real Inspector Hound at the Young Vic.

He later played Sydney in Alan Ayckbourn's Absurd Person Singular at the Vaudville theatre.

In The Italian Job, Clive played a garage manager who had been looking after the car of Caine's character Charlie Croker while he served a jail sentence.

"Happy playing from John Clive as an obsequiously bent garage manager," read a review in the Sunday Times when it was released.

In 1971 he played the role of the tormentor of lead character Alex in director Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, where he asked Alex to "lick his boots" following his controversial aversion therapy.

In later life, Clive went on to become a best-selling author with books including KG 200 - which he co-wrote with JD Gilman - about a secret Luftwaffe unit during World War II.

Other well-received works include Barossa and Broken Wings.

Clive is survived by two children from his first marriage - Alex and Hannah - a step-son Deane, and his second wife Bryony, who he met in a play.

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