Gary Waldhorn, the actor best known for playing advisor David Horton in The vicar of Dibley, is dead. He was 78 years old.
Waldhorn, who starred alongside Dawn French on the British TV sitcom, died on Monday, according to his son Josh.
“Classically trained, this is the theater where he truly flourished and he leaves a legacy of entertainment that has seen him frequent the stages of Broadway, the West End and our living rooms on TV!” he said in a statement.
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“He leaves behind his two grandsons, Cooper and Bayley and his son Josh. He will be sadly missed.”
BBC Comedy also released a statement, adding: “Gary was an incredibly talented actor who we fondly remember from his many appearances on some of the BBC’s most beloved shows, and of course as adviser David Horton in The vicar of Dibley.
“Our hearts go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.”
Waldhorn has appeared in many classic British television shows, including The Sweeney, Brush strokes and Babylone Hotel. He also appeared in the comedy sketch French and Saunders and played advisor Horton in every Vicar of Dibley episode from 1994 to 2007.
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His most recent appearance was in a Dibley Christmas special, The vicar of Dibley in confinement.
The actor was born in Paddington, central London, in 1943. He studied at the Yale School of Drama where he met his wife, Christie Dickason, before graduating in 1967. The couple have a son. .
French, who played the main character Geraldine Granger in The vicar of Dibley, paid tribute to the late star via Twitter, sharing a photo of Waldhorn with a heartbroken emoji.
Actor Samuel West, who played Waldhorn’s son in Henry IV, tweeted, “Sad news about Gary Waldhorn. He played my father, the eponymous king, in both parts of Henry IV at the Old Vic in 1997… A lovely man and a great actor. RIP.
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