In 2008, Sir David donated a signed copy of Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows for it to be auctioned off; other books were donated by Dame Helen Mirren, Sir Ian McKellen and Gary Lineker. The proceed of the auction went to the charity Book Aid International which raises money to develop literacy in Sub-Saharan Africa.
David took acting lessons from his Open All Hours co-star, Ronnie Barker.
David's father was a fish porter.
David chose his stage surname, Jason, as a tribute to his twin brother who died at birth.
David earned £250,000 for his role in All the King's Men.
David is married to Gill Hinchcliffe.
David is 5'6" tall.
David was awarded the O.B.E for services to drama.
David was considered for the role of Corporal Jones in Dads Army.
David had a twin brother who died at birth. He also has an older brother named Arthur.
David used to be an electrician.
David became a father for the first time at the age of 61. His daughter is named Sophie Mae.
David is the brother of actor Arthur White.
David: I'm getting fed up of living away from home so much. They look after you very well but it doesn't matter how well you're looked after, how nice the hotel is, if you're away from home constantly, the bloody dog savages you, thinks you're a stranger, the kid cries and the wife's stuck to your face!
David: Perhaps being a character actor on radio was, in retrospect, the best training I could get.
David: It was a long time before TV wanted me - I would have had to commit murder to get a part on the box at one time.
David: I've done my fair share of waiting on tables in restaurants, cleaning cars, whatever. I was even an electrician at one time, and I've done my fair bit of decorating, too. But slowly my fortunes changed.
David: I've never ever 'felt my age', whatever that means. I think that there are a lot of people who feel 22 when in fact they're 62, and there are a lot of youngsters out there who behave as if they were four times their age. It's an attitude of mind, isn't it?
David: Marriage is like throwing yourself into a river when you only wanted a drink of water.
David: I've been fascinated by deep sea diving since watching Jacques Cousteau's TV programmes as a lad.