RIP Victor Spinetti

A moment of silence is in order for Victor Spinetti, a wonderful character actor who died Tuesday in London at age 82.

Spinetti was in a couple dozen movies and won a Tony Award for his stage work, but the longtime British character actor was best known for his work in three movies featuring The Beatles.

He played the TV director driven to distraction by the boys from Liverpool in “A Hard Day’s Night.”

And he was the crazed scientist in “Help!”

Spinetti also appeared in “Magical Mystery Tour.”

He was partnered with fellow Brit Roy Kinnear in the Beatles films and also, in the 1980s, a music video for the Genesis spin-off band Mike and the Mechanics song “All I Need is a Miracle.”

Spinetti’s obits recall his recounting why he so often appeared in Beatles films. Spinetti said that George Harrison told him that if didn’t appear in their films, his “mum” wouldn’t go see them.

 

 

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