There are some obituaries which you really don’t expect to see yourself reading in your lifetime, let alone write. This is because some people’s work is so momentous that you’re lulled into thinking their presence, as well as their greatness, is eternal.

It pains us to be announcing the death of actor Andrew Sachs, who passed away on the 23rd November at the age of 86.

Andrew Sachs attends the Best Of British comedy lunch on September 26, 2008 in London, England.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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He was of course most known and most loved for his role as Manuel in Fawlty Towers, leaving behind a comedic legacy that has for years set the bar for thespians the world over.



Born in Germany on the 7th April 1930, Sachs and his family fled for Britain to escape the Nazis in 1938, as his father was Jewish. Years later, he’d be nominated for a BAFTA for his work as Manuel alongside John Cleese’s Basil Fawlty. His wife Melody Lang had actually played Mrs Taylor in the episode Basil the Rat, and they married in 1960.

A sincere thank you for all the laughs, Andrew.