Andrew Sachs – 1930-2016


Hello everyone.

I’d like to make a little tribute to Andrew Sachs, the actor who played Manuel in the BBC sitcom series, ‘Fawlty Towers’. I’m saddened to hear the news that Andrew Sach passed away. 😦 I enjoyed seeing him as Manuel and I cherish very fond memories of watching him as he made me laugh a lot!

‘Fawlty Towers’ is one of my favourite BBC TV comedy shows made from the 1970s. I first watched the series when I was growing up in the 1990s. I loved seeing Andrew Sach as Manuel, the Spanish waiter who always tried to get it right despite the communication problems he had with Basil Fawlty.

Andrew Sach died at the age of 86 after he’d been battling dementia. Here is a news article on BBC News covering the announcement –

I’m pleased with the tributes made about Andrew Sachs, especially from John Cleese who worked with him on ‘Fawlty Towers’. John Cleese described Andrew Sachs as ‘a very sweet gentle and kind man’. There have also been tributes made by Samuel West, Prunella Scales’ son and Mark Gattis.

Andrew was an also accomplished voice and radio actor. He starred in some Big Finish audios of ‘Doctor Who’, including the 2003 audio of ‘Shada’ with Paul McGann and Lalla Ward as the villainous Skagra and also in ‘The Boy That Time Forgot’ with Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton as an older Adric.

I’ll always hold Andrew Sachs fondly in my memories as Manuel from ‘Fawlty Towers’. I love some of his best catchphrase such as ‘Que?’, ‘Crazy! She go crazy!’ and ‘I know nothing!’. I hope to remember Andrew by re-watching those ‘Fawlty Towers’ episodes again including his favourite, ‘Basil the Rat’!

My prayers and thoughts go to Andrew’s family; friends and all who knew him.

Thanks for reading.

Bye for now.


2 thoughts on “Andrew Sachs – 1930-2016

  1. sirtoweringrage

    Very sad news indeed, Tim. He was brilliant as Manuel, but as you say he was an accomplished actor with a wide range, and had successfully tackled many varied roles.

    I thought he was very good indeed as Doctor Watson in the two series of The Further Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes on BBC Radio 4. Playing opposite Clive Merrison as Holmes, he was on par with the late Michael Williams who had played the part in all of the previous series.

    I’d recommend those audio releases if you haven’t already heard them.

    Nice tribute.

    Sir T.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Tim Bradley Post author

    Hi Sir T.

    Glad you like my tribute on Andrew Sachs. I love seeing him as Manuel as he was one of my favourites from ‘Fawlty Towers’. He’ll be truly missed. I look forward to re-watching ‘Fawlty Towers’ again soon.

    I’ve not heard ‘The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ yet. Really?! Opposite Clive Merrison’s Holmes as Dr. Watson. That I did not know and very interesting to hear. Thank you for recommending those audio releases, Sir. T. I hope to check them out. I would like to hear Andrew Sachs as Professor Chronotis in the ‘Dirk Gently’ 2007 audio.

    Thank you for your comments and for sharing your thoughts on Andrew Sachs, a treasured actor and well-loved as Manuel!

    Tim. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person


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