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John Bluthal

28 March 1929

A British actor who became best known as church council secretary Frank Pickle in The Vicar of Dibley (1994-2013), Bluthal had enjoyed sitcom success decades earlier opposite Joe Lynch in Never Mind the Quality, Feel the Width (1967-1971). He regularly collaborated with Spike Milligan, playing his foil on radio, TV and film across several decades.

Read John Bluthal's Guardian obituary here.