Andrew Sachs, Fawlty Towers’ Manuel, Dies At 86

Posted by December 1, 2016 Comment

andrew_sachsIt has just been revealed that a week and a half ago, on 23rd November, comedy actor Andrew Sachs best known for his role as Manuel in BBC sitcom Fawlty Towers, died. He was buried earlier today.

As Manuel, he played a slapstick comic foil to John Cleese‘s Basil Fawlty, and was generally the receiver of comedy violence – a few times actual violence, such as being hit hard on the head by Cleese’s saucepan, and suffering second-degree acid burns when his character was set on fire. But the role did give him a level of permanent fame, both in Britain and around the world.

 

 

Later, he took roles in Britain two biggest soap operas Coronation Street and Eastenders. He played roles in Big Finish’s Doctor Who audio dramas. Indeed he was a regular voice actor for children’s animation, shows like The Troubleshooter and That Peter Kay Thing and was a regular actor on BBC Radio 4 drama. He played The Book in the recent stage adaptation of Hitch-Hikers Guide To The Galaxy, played Tooley in the radio adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s Neverwhere and played Tolliver Groat in the Discworld drama Going Postal.

 

He was diagnosed with vascular dementia four years ago, and after a bout of pneumonia earlier this year, he moved into a home for retired actors.

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(Last Updated December 4, 2016 3:55 pm )