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Andrew Sachs, Manuel on the UK's Fawlty Towers, Dead at 86

TVLine logo TVLine 12/2/2016 Dave Nemetz

Andrew Sachs, who played Manuel on the classic British sitcom Fawlty Towers, has died. He was 86 years old.

Sachs died Nov. 23 after a four-year battle with dementia, according to his wife Melody, and was buried on Thursday. The Daily Mailfirst reported the news.

Fawlty Towers John Cleese © Provided by TVLine Fawlty Towers John Cleese Sachs starred alongside John Cleese on Towers, playing the bumbling Spanish waiter Manuel at a quaint English hotel owned by Cleese’s Basil Fawlty. Towers only ran for a dozen episodes in 1975 and 1979, but still stands as one of the most beloved comedies in British TV history.

Cleese remembered Sachs in a series of tweets on Thursday: “A very sweet gentle and kind man and a truly great farceur. I first saw him on stage in Habeus Corpus in 1973. I could not have found a better Manuel.”

Sachs also appeared on the long-running British soap Coronation Street and played Albert Einstein in a 1996 installment of PBS’s Nova. Plus, he’s a part of the Doctor Who universe: Sachs voiced the Dronoid criminal Skagra in Shada, an unaired season of Who that was eventually produced as an audio play.

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