Lennard Pearce played the part of Grandad in the original episodes of Only Fools And Horses and although he was replaced by Uncle Albert who was known for telling stories that started with “During the war..”, Lennard has a wartime story that beats them all.
Nicholas Lyndhurst, the actor who played Rodney, has revealed this amazing tale of a time when Lennard actually met Adolf Hitler and later wished that he would have taken the chance to kill him to put a stop to his brutal Nazi regime.
Nicholas said: “He was a young actor touring Europe and they were playing some German city and the Nazis walked in.
“The top honchos of the Nazi party had seen the play and came to congratulate them afterwards. Lennard shook hands with Adolf Hitler.
“He only ever told me once, but he said, ‘had I known then what I know now, I would have drawn the pistol from one of the bodyguards and I’d have done my best to kill him’.”
Steve Clark, the writer behind Only Fools and Horses – The Official Inside Story, added: “We’re used to hearing Uncle Albert’s stories about his rather dubious wartime service in the navy, but it’s incredible that Lennard Pearce actually met Hitler during his rise to power and could have put a stop to him before he was able to do so much evil.”
Lennard Pearce passed away aged 69 in 1984, whilst filming the series number four of Only Fools and Horses. He was replaced by Uncle Albert, played by Buster Merryfield, who was grandad’s long-lost brother.