Andrew Sachs, the actor best-known for his role as the Spanish waiter Manuel on the 1970s British TV Series Fawlty Towers, died on November 23rd. The Daily Mail confirmed the news via his wife, Melody, who revealed that he was diagnosed with dementia and died in private care after a four-year battle with the disease.
Fans of British television will undoubtedly mourn the passing of Sachs, who acted opposite John Cleese on the BBC sitcom and quickly became one of the show’s most beloved characters. Known for his limited English vocabulary and constant befuddlement, Manuel remains an iconic and oft-quoted character in British popular culture.
Following his appearance on Fawlty Towers, Sachs continued to have success with roles in Doctor Who, the British soap opera Coronation Street, and the 2012 film Quartet. In his later years, he became the subject of national sympathy when he fell prey to a series of obscene phone calls made by comedian Russell Brand and presenter Jonathan Ross. The scandal ultimately resulted in Brand resigning from the BBC.
Upon hearing the news of his death, several of Sachs’ friends and fellow actors posted tributes on social media.
Revisit some highlights from Fawlty Towers below.