Vicar of Dibley actor John Bluthal dies aged 89

His early career included work with Spike Milligan. And he was a star of the West End, appearing as Fagin in the original West End production of Oliver in 1960.He had roles in the unofficial 1967 James Bond film Casino Royale, The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night and Help, and Superman III.His final appearance was in the 2016 Coen Brother’s film Hail, Caesar! The Oscar-nominated movie also featured George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes and Scarlett Johansson.Talent agency The Artist’s Partnership wrote: “We’re sad to announce our wonderful client John Bluthal has passed away. “Our thoughts are with his family at this time. John provided us all with years of laughter and entertainment. We will miss John hugely.” Tons of happy laughs remembered today. Cheeky, naughty, hilarious. Bye darlin Bluey.— Dawn French (@Dawn_French) November 17, 2018 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Vicar of Dibley actor John Bluthal has died, aged 89.Dawn French has led the tributes to her co-star, who played Frank Pickle in the comedy series.The comic actress posted a heartfelt message on Twitter after Bluthal’s talent agency announced the news online.French said: “Tons of happy laughs remembered today. Cheeky, naughty, hilarious. Bye darlin Bluey.”The post was accompanied by an image of Bluthal in the show, in which he played the dull but likable parish council secretary.Although the Polish-born actor was perhaps best known for his TV work, he also appeared in a string of box office hits on stage and on the big screen in a career that spanned seven decades. read more