RIP Andrew Sachs (1930 – 2016)

He may be known for only one role – but oh, what a role!

Andrew Sachs, the actor who played Manuel the waiter on Fawlty Towers, has died after a battle with dementia that left him wheelchair-bound and unable to speak. Sachs, who was 86, passed away last week. His wife Melody, who cared for him throughout his long illness, said, “My heart has been broken every day for a long time.”

For fans of British comedy, there are few shows that evoke such fond memories as Fawlty Towers and the core cast of John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Polly Booth and Andrews Sachs was absolute perfection. Sachs’ befuddled Barcelonan even earned him a British Academy of Film and Television Arts nomination. The sad news of his illness and passing should not overshadow his fantastic legacy in the world of comedy and beyond.