British actor Andrew Sachs died November 23 in London at the age of 86. The family cited vascular dementia as the cause of death. Sachs was diagnosed with the disease in 2012.
Best known for his physical comedy role as Spanish waiter Manuel on the popular sitcom “Faulty Towers” Sachs has appeared in over 100 productions beginning with his screen debut in 1947.
While Sachs made his screen debut in 1947 as a schoolboy in “Hue and Cry”, it was an uncredited role. He did not earn his first credited role until 1959 when he appeared in an episode of the television series “Dial 999”. His other roles include Willie Walker in “The Six Proud Walkers”, “The Saint”, “Hitler: The Last Ten Days”, “Are You Being Served”, Hercule Poirot in “Revenge of the Pink Panther”, “The Tempest”, Alfred Polly in the mini series “The History of Mr. Polly”, “Monkey”, “History of the World: Part 1”, “The Gingerbread Man”, the voice of the narrator in “William’s Wish Wellingtons”, “The Legend of the Lost Keys”, “Silent Witness”, Skagra in “Doctor Who: Shada”, narrator in the mini series “Egypt”, Ramsay Clegg in 27 episodes of “Corontation Street”, “Quartet”, “Spies of Warsaw”, and “EastEnders”.
Besides film and television, Sachs was a veteran of the stage where he appeared in “Let Sleeping Dogs Lie”, “Habeas Corpus”, and “No Sex Please”.
He was born Andreas Siegfried Sachs on April 7, 1930 in Berlin, Germany to a family with a Jewish father and a Catholic mother. An eight year old Andreas saw his father arrested by the Nazis. The family escaped to London where his father later died from stomach cancer.
Sachs is survived by his wife of 57 years Melody, three children – Bill, John, and Katie, four grandchildren, and siblings Barbara and Tom.
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