R.I.P. John Bluthal, actor who appeared in the following roles in Beatles films: a car thief in “A Hard Day’s Night” and Bhuta in “HELP!” has passed on at the age of 89, he has died at the age of 89.
The Vicar of Dibley star, who played Frank Pickle in Dawn French’s sitcom, passed away on Thursday evening.
The sad news was confirmed by his agent, who said in a statement: “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.”
He also appeared in big movies such as The Beatles’ film A Hard Day’s Night, Help!, Labyrinth, The Fifth Element, including the unofficial 1967 James Bond film Casino Royale and Superman III. His final movie appearance came in the 2016 Coen Brothers’ comedy Hail, Caesar!, which boasted an all-star cast featuring George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson and Tilda Swinton.
During the early part of his acting career, Bluthal held a number of high-profile roles in British theatre, including the part of Fagin in the original West End production of Oliver in 1960.
He had only moved to the UK that year, having emigrated to Australia with his family in 1938 and gone on to study drama at the University of Melbourne.
Confirming news of his death, talent agency The Artist’s Partnership said: “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.”