The Vicar of Dibley actor John Bluthal has died, aged 89

19 November 2018, 15:39

John Bluthal
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By Tom Eames

The British actor was best known for playing Frank Pickle in the classic 1990s sitcom.

John Bluthal died at the age of 89 on Thursday (November 15) in New South Wales, Australia.

The actor also appeared in several Carry On and Pink Panther films, in a career that lasted over 60 years.

His co-star Dawn French paid tribute to the actor Bluthal, writing on Twitter: "Tons of happy laughs remembered today. Cheeky, naughty, hilarious. Bye darlin Bluey."

His talent agency confirmed Bluthal's passing, tweeting: "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."

Bluthal was born in Poland in 1929, and moved to Australia with his family in 1938, before moving to the UK permanently to pursue acting in 1960.

He also appeared 'Allo 'Allo!, Minder and Last of the Summer Wine, as well as several films including The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night and Help!

He recently appeared in 2016's Coen Brothers' film Hail, Caesar! opposite George Clooney.

Earlier this year, his fellow Vicar of Dibley star Emma Chambers passed away at the age of 53.