James Beck was an English actor best known for his role as Private Joe Walker in the popular BBC sitcom 'Dad’s Army'. Born in North London to a frequently unemployed father, he had a tough childhood. He went to Popham Road Primary School before attending an art college. He left home at the age of seventeen and served in the British Army as a physical training instructor before deciding to pursue acting as a career. He started working in stage productions and in 1961, he made his television debut in the TV series ‘Dixon of Dock Green.’ He made his film debut with a small role in the movie ‘Star!’ in 1968. He worked in several television series, movies, and theatrical productions over the course of his career. His notable television credits include ‘Coronation Street’, ‘Dad's Army’ and ‘Romany Jones’. He also worked in several radio shows like ‘The Motorway Men’ and the radio version of ‘Dad’s Army’. On the personal front, he was married with three children. He died suddenly of pancreatitis in August 1973, leaving his family and the film fraternity distraught.