Andrew Sachs

Andrew Sachs


[Written by Robert Ross for the UK Monkey DVD boxsets]

Andrew Sachs: Yu-Lung/Various (b. 1930-)
Starting his career as an assistant stage manager at Bexhill, he is undoubtedly best known as the incompetent Spanish waiter Manuel in the classic BBC situation comedy Fawlty Towers. He had appeared in several of Brian Rix’s small screen farces Dial RIX as well as the original production of Alan Bennett’s Habeas Corpus with Alec Guinness. He has starred in such sitcoms as Dead Ernest, There Comes A Time… and Every Silver Lining. Other comic turns have included Took and Co (1977) with Barry Took, the film version of Are You Being Served? (1977), History of the World Part 1 (1981) for Mel Brooks and Eric Sykes’s It’s Your Move (1982). The King of the Voiceover, his masterpiece must be the Radio 4 series The Jewish Journey. In 2000 he gave one of his finest acting performances as a Holocaust survivor in Silent Witness.

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In July 2000, I received an email from Monkey fan Ceri Laing in the UK, who's revealed that Andrew Sachs did Yu-Lung's voice in the English-dubbed version of Monkey:
"I've always been interested in which Brit actors did the dubbing - I'd known about Peter Woodthorpe, but I hadn't about the superb David Collings doing Monkey. I should have recognised him!

Anyway, to try to fill in one of your gaps - I'm certain Yu-Lung was played by the also superb Andrew Sachs (Manuel from Fawlty Towers). I always thought it was him and then it was confirmed in a magazine article about him a few years back. He's currently in a BBC Radio 4 comedy called Man of Soup and he sounds very similar in that."

Andrew Sachs will always be remembered for his role as Manuel the insane Spanish waiter (from 'Barthelona') in the British comedy TV show "Fawlty Towers". Apart from this, he has also appeared in the movies "Are You Being Served?", "Revenge of the Pink Panther", and countless TV shows, including "Jack of Hearts" and "That Peter Kay Thing".

Filmography for Andrew Sachs

Contact Information:

[Taken from the 2000/2001 Spotlight directory in the UK]

Andrew Sachs,
c/o The Richard State Partnership,
2 Henrietta Street,
Tel: +44 20 7497 0849
Fax: +44 20 7497 0869

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