I could not have found a better Manuel. Inspired.” Sachs passed away in the nursing home that had been his home for a number of years. He had battled vascular dementia for several years.
His heartbroken wife Melody said; “My heart has been broken every day for a long time.”
Born Andreas Siegfried Sachs in Berlin, in 1930, his family moved to England when he was 8 years old to escape Nazi persecution of Jews…………….
Having made his name on British television, as the comical Spanish waiter Manuel, a role for which he was BAFTA-nominated, Sachs went on to have a long career in acting and voice-over work for TV, film and radio.
In his later years, he continued to have success with roles in films such as Quartet, and as Ramsay Clegg in TV soap, Coronation Street, playing Ramsay Leonard Clegg, the half brother of Corrie stalwart Norris Cole, before having a brief role on BBC’s EastEnders.
In 2008, the BBC had to apologize to Sachs after radio hosts Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross left lewd voice messages about Sachs’ granddaughter on his phone, which had the veteran actor later saying that the incident continued to haunt him and his family.
“Brand and Ross were like two teenagers on the rampage,” he was quoted as saying. Them laughing at their own jokes was not something the best comics usually do.”