Vicar Of Dibley star Gary Waldhorn “died peacefully” at the age of 78, according to his family.
Most recently, he appeared in the Christmas special The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown alongside comedian French, who plays the Reverend Geraldine Granger, and James Fleet, who plays his on-screen son Hugo.
Waldhorn’s son Josh said he “passed away peacefully” at 6:45 am on Monday.
In a statement, he said: “Classically trained, this was the theater where he really thrived, and he left a legacy of entertainment that made him frequently perform on the boards of Broadway, in the West End and in our living rooms on TV! two grandchildren, Cooper and Bailey, and his son Josh. We will all miss him terribly. “
Waldhorn has appeared on classic British television shows such as Sweeney, Brush Strokes and Hotel Babylon, and has even appeared on the sketch comedy show French and Saunders.
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Further condolences from Vicar of Dibley fans
Another Vicar of Dibley fan said: “It is sad to note that yet another of the popular and influential actors BBC Dibley’s telecom vicar, Gary Waldhorn, has passed away. “
The third added: “Indeed, very sad news. Gary Waldhorn, best known for his role as David Horton in Vicar of Dibley, was one of our finest British actors — excelling in every role he played.
“I can’t think of anyone better to play the haughty Mr. Horton for the cheerful vicar Don French. Rest in peace”.
Fans pay tribute to Gary Waldhorn
Fans pay homage to the veteran TV star on social media.
One tweeted: “My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Gary Waldhorn.
“I am honored to know his talent through his role as David Horton and that God gave me the opportunity to learn English as a second language.
“Rest assured, he has brought joy to many.”
Waldhorn was a classically trained actor.
Gary Waldhorn was an accomplished Shakespearean actor with a list of stage work in his name.
Best known for his performances with the Royal Shakespeare Company, including in Much Ado About Nothing.
What other TV shows has Gary Waldhorn starred in?
Waldhorn has appeared on classic British television shows such as The Sweeney, Brush Strokes and Hotel Babylon.
The actor also starred in the comedy sketch show French And Saunders.
In addition, he has also voiced advertisements, including for Green Flag, Kwik Fit, Branston and Marmite.
BBC pays tribute to Gary Waldhorn
BBC Comedy said in a statement: “Gary was an incredibly talented actor who we fondly remember for his numerous appearances on some of the BBC’s most prized national shows and of course as advisor to David Horton on Vicar Dibley.
“Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”
Statement by Gary Waldhorn’s son
In a statement, Josh Waldhorn said: “Classically trained, this was the theater where he really thrived, and he left a legacy of entertainment that made him frequently perform on the boards of Broadway, in the West End and in our living rooms on TV!
“He left behind his two grandchildren, Cooper and Bailey, and a son, Josh. We will all miss him terribly. “