Dawn French leads tributes to The Vicar Of Dibley co-star John Bluthal

Lewis Collier
November 18, 2018

The Frank Pickle actor passed away on Thursday night. "Our thoughts are with his family at this time".

There was quite a comical and forward-thinking storyline where his character actually came out gay on the radio, however no one actually heard because they'd all not tuned into the show in fear his voice would be a drone and bore them. "We will miss John hugely".

Frank admitted to having a five-year-long crush on Owen. Born in Poland, he fled with his Jewish family to Australia to escape the Nazi regime in 1938.

John's last professional engagement was in the Coen Brothers' movie, Hail!

He had only moved to the United Kingdom that year, having emigrated to Australia with his family in 1938 and gone on to study drama at the University of Melbourne.

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In 1960, John settled in the United Kingdom and went on to appear in the series Never Mind the Quality Feel, Feel the Width, in which he played a Jewish tailor in business with an Irishman in London.

During the early part of his acting career, Bluthal held a number of high-profile roles in British theatre, including the part of Fagin in the original West End production of Oliver in 1960.

His final appearance on screen was a short film written and directed by his daughter Lisa titled By Any Other Means - a comedy about a daughter dealing with her father's Alzheimer's.

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

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