Vicar of Dibley star John Bluthal dies

John Bluthal dead: Vicar of Dibley star dies aged 89

The actor, born in August 1929, passed away on Thursday evening, it's been confirmed.

The comic actress posted a heartfelt message on Twitter after Bluthal's talent agency announced the news online.

'John provided us all with years of laughter and entertainment.

As a result of Frank's lengthy and boring speeches, at least five people died while he was talking, the storyline said.

Frank admitted to having a five-year-long crush on Owen.

Before making his debut in the series, he had enjoyed roles in a number of big screen productions, including the unofficial 1967 James Bond film Casino Royale, The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night and Help, and Superman III.

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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. Born in Poland, he fled with his Jewish family to Australia to escape the Nazi regime in 1938.

He also had a long-running partnership with Spike Millgan, which included extensive work on Q and the comedian's radio show The Milligan Show.

He moved to England in 1956 which is when he started his acting career - bagging his first role as Sid James in Citizen James in the 1960s.

John was best known for playing Frank, who bored Dibley residents to tears with his rambling stories.

Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for John Bluthal asking for comment.

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