Andrew Sachs, 'Fawlty Towers' Actor, Dies at 86

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Andrew Sachs

The actor, known for his role as the Spanish waiter Manuel, died after a battle with dementia.

Andrew Sachs, who played the Spanish waiter Manuel on the beloved 1970s British TV series Fawlty Towers, has died. He was 86.

The actor died Nov. 23, according to several British reports. His wife Melody told the Daily Mail that Sachs was diagnosed with dementia and died in a private-care home after a four-year battle with the disease. 

Aside from acting opposite John Cleese on the BBC comedy (Cleese created the series with his wife, Connie Booth), Sachs also appeared on Doctor Who, The History of Mr. Polly and Radio 4’s Jeeves and Wooster.

Eight years ago, Sachs fell prey to prank phone calls made by Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand during a BBC radio show. 

Several of his fellow actors paid tribute to Sachs on Thursday upon hearing the news.

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