Victor Spinetti dies aged 82

Yahoo UK Movies News
19 June 2012

Acting legend Victor Spinetti has died at the age of 82.

He will be best known for his roles in ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and ‘Help’, two of the biggest Beatles films.

Born above a family-owned chip shop in Cwm, Ebbw Vale to an Italian-Welsh father and a Welsh mother, he also enjoyed a lengthy career on stage, including a stint in the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Among the 30+ films he starred in were three of the five Beatles films, ‘Return of the Pink Panther’ alongside Peter Sellers and ‘The Taming of the Shrew, which also starred Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

Sir Paul McCartney described him as "the man who makes clouds disappear".

He initially wanted to be a teacher, having studied at Monmouth School but switched his focuses to acting and attended the College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.

His breakthrough stage role was in ‘Oh, What a Lovely War!’, a part for which he won a Tony award and that saw him approached to work with The Beatles.

Spinetti’s connection to the Fab Four didn’t end there. He also helped adapt John Lennon’s book ‘In His Own Write’ into a play which he directed at the National Theatre.

TV fans may remember him as the voice of Texas Pete in the S4C children’s animation ‘SuperTed’.

He had been diagnosed with cancer.

Get your taxes done from your favorite device

Grab your W-2 and your phone or tablet, and file taxes for Absolute Zero : $0 Fed, $0 State, $0 to File. TurboTax Federal Free Edition.

Drivers With No Tickets In 3 Years Must Read This

United States drivers are surprised that they never knew this. If you drive less than 50 mi/day, you better read this...

VA Mortgage Rates In 2016

VA Rates as Low as 2.75% (3.028% APR) 15 Year Fixed. Exclusive For Veteran & Military Takes 1 Min!

Powerful Tactical Flashlight Flying Off Shelves!

This new tactical flashlight was just released to the public and is flying off shelves in the United States. Limited supplies left, act quick!

Banks Are Worried Homeowners Will Do This.

Homeowners are surprised and furious. If you owe less than $625,000 on your home, you better read this.

How Older Men Tighten Their Skin

Men, reduce the look of wrinkles, sagging skin and fine lines with this affordable and effective skin tightening treatment without leaving your home.

9 Cards for People Who Have Great Credit

What card offers up to 5% cash back? And which one offers 24/7 concierge service? See the best credit cards of 2016. Apply online, quickly & easily.

Buying Medigap Plan F? Read This First

Plan F is the most popular Medicare Supplement plan option, but there's another plan you should consider.

How To Make Sagging Skin Look Tight and Lifted

[Watch] The easy and effective way consumers across the country are improving the look of their wrinkled and sagging skin without cosmetic procedures.

Switch and save!

Switch to Progressive and you could save an average of $548.

Shift into High Gear

Get the training you need for a career you ll love. Click here to learn more about MMI.

This Movie Deal Is Sure To Get Your Attention!

Get 4 Disney Movies For $1 With Membership. See Details. Exclusive Titles, Merchandise, Offers & Discounts. Plus, Free Shipping On Your Initial Order!

Consolidate your Student Loans by Refinancing

Refinance your student loans to a lower rate with SoFi. Find out how much you can save!

Insane Navy Seal Flashlight, should it be banned?

The Military has recently released technology that is now available to the public. Get yours before they run out - Limited Supply!