Andrew Sachs 7.4.30 – 23.11.16

02/12/2016

Andrew Sachs, who played Manuel in Fawlty Towers, has died.

The long and varied career of Andrew Sachs was defined by the TV comedy Fawlty Towers.

His performance as the well-meaning but inept Spanish waiter Manuel was one of the highlights of the series.

In a state of constant confusion, and with a tenuous grasp of English syntax, he was invariably the target of Basil’s rages.

But it was just one role in seven decades of acting that spanned comedy, classical and dramatic roles.

He was born Andreas Siegfried Sachs on 7 April 1930 in Berlin. His insurance broker father was Jewish while his mother, who worked as a librarian, was a Catholic of part-Austrian ancestry.
Nazism was already on the rise in Germany.

His father was arrested by the authorities in 1938, but later released after intervention by a friend in the police.

The incident was enough to persuade the family to flee Germany, and they moved to London. . .

 


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