Andrew Sachs

Andrew Sachs


4/7/1930, Berlin, Germany

Birth Name

Andreas Siegfried Sachs


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Andrew Sachs escaped World War 2 with his family and migrated to London. There he went to acting school and ever since he was 14 do this day he still acts. Sachs found fame as the Spanish porter on BBC's Fawlty Towers for which he was nominated for…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In the episode "The Germans" where Manuel starts a fire in the kitchen (ironically during a fire drill), the BBC had to treat Sachs with sulfuric acid to look like his white waiter's jacket was on fire. Although the prop department assured Sachs this jacket was flame-retardant, the acid burned through the coat and gave Sach's severe second-degree burns on his back and arms. Although he was told by the doctor he would have them for a lifetime, they did go away after a few years. The BBC paid Sachs 700£ for their mistake.

    • In the episode "The Wedding Party," Sachs was to be hit over the head with a frying pan by John Cleese. In the rehearsals, they were sure to use a pan that was padded with foam rubber. But during filming, the pan in the kitchen set was unpadded and Sachs was struck in the head by Cleese. Sachs was really knocked out and had a headache for days. Cleese never apologized, but bought Sachs another Babycham (his favorite drink).

    • Andrew Sachs is the only cast member of Falwty Towers to use his character outside the actual TV shows.

    • Sachs released four music singles as Manuel between 1977 - 1979.

    • Sachs met Fawlty Towers creator and co-star John Cleese in the early 1970s when they were both making industrial training films.

    • Andrew's parents were an insurance broker and a librarian.

    • The most influential book in his life was a book called The 35th Of May by Erich Kestner.

    • Sylvester McCoy, one of many actors to play the Doctor on Doctor Who, suggested that Sachs would be the best person for that role following the departure of the previous Doctor, David Tennant.

    • Andrew Sachs was one of many guests at the comedy gala for Prince Charles's 60th birthday on the 12th of November 2008. He and Fawlty Towers co - star John Cleese were reunited in a skit that night as their Fawlty Towers characters.

    • According to Sachs, he got to keep the white jacket he wore when playing Manuel.

    • In 2008, the 78 year-old Andrew was famously the victim of offensive phone calls by Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross on their radio show making lewd remarks about Sach's granddaughter. Brand and Ross issued public apologies following the prank which Sachs has accepted.

    • It was his idea for Manuel to wear a mustache on Fawlty Towers so he wouldn't be recognised on the streets.

    • Andrew met his wife Melody Lang when they worked together on the Fawlty Towers episode "Basil the Rat".

    • Sachs originally asked John Cleese if Manuel could be German on Fawlty Towers as it was his first language. Cleese kindly refused.

    • Andrew Sachs toured the U.S. in a play about Edgar Allen Poe.

    • There is a wax figure of Andrew as Manuel from Fawlty Towers in Madam Tussaud's in London.

    • Andrew currently lives in London.

    • Andrew is best known from his role in the classic hit Fawlty Towers.

    • Andrew enjoys acting in comedies.

    • Andrew acted in a set of commercials selling Australian Wine.

    • As of 2006, Andrew is turning 76 this year and is filming his last show before going into retirement.

    • An episode of This If Your Life was dedicated to Andrew in 1980.

    • Andrew wrote numeorus episodes of the TV series The Galactic Garden in 1985 and Took and Co. in 1977.

    • Andrew has been acting since 1959 and still does to this very day.

    • While filming Fawly Towers in 1975, Andrew suffered burns because the special effects department put chemicals on his jacket to make it look like it had been burnt which soaked through the jacket onto his skin. Andrew was paid for the damages and still has scars from it.

    • On the set of Fawlty Towers in 1972, Andrew was nearly knocked out by being hit by a sauce pan to hard buy John Cleese. Andrew had a headache for 2 days after that.

    • Andrew's father was arrested by the Nazi's during World War 2 and was release just before the Kristallnacht.

    • As a child, Andrew escaped from the Nazis during World War 2.

    • Andrew is Jewish born.

    • Andrew is married to Melody Lang and together they have 3 children.

    • Andrew is 5'3 or 1.60m tall.

  • Quotes

    • Andrew: (when asked of his worst fashion mistake) In the sixties I used to have those shirts with matching ties, with floral designs. Was that the sixties or even the fifties? I can't remember. What did they wear in the seventies?

    • Andrew: One of the most satisfying things to do is to play baddies. It's closer to my own character really, I think.

    • Andrew: (when asked about the chemistry between Fawlty and Manuel on Fawlty Towers) If you get a big man and a small man and the big man hits the small man, the small man is going to get the sympathy, so I thought "that's good".

    • Andrew: I speak English.
      (Used a lot in Fawlty Towers)