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"A wonderfully inventive comic actor and a great farceur ...In Manuel he created one of the great comic characters." John Cleese Berlin, 1938. In a crowded restaurant a small boy watches fearfully as his Jewish father is arrested by Hitler's Gestapo. Days later, as Nazis burn and loot Jewish shops, his resourceful Catholic mother prepares an escape plan to take her family to England. So began Andreas Siegfried Sachs' life in London, a new life at times no less bizarre or madcap than the world of Fawlty Towers and its hapless Spanish waiter, Manuel. Now, as one of Britain's best-loved actors, Andrew Sachs recounts tales of his hilarious struggle to come to terms with all things English and his early foray into the world of showbiz, and goes behind the scenes of the infamous Torquay hotel. In time conquering stage, screen and radio, Sachs has appeared alongside a galaxy of stars including Rex Harrison, Norman Wisdom, Noel Coward, Alec Guinness, Richard Burton and Peter Sellers, and written award-winning radio plays, proving his talent and versatility again and again.A charming, laugh-out-loud funny and utterly compelling memoir which promises to delight devotees of Fawlty Towers, I Know Nothing! reveals the twists and turns of the truly fascinating life of Andrew Sachs, whose dignified response to the distressing intrusion into his private life by Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross has only served to enhance the British public's affection for him.
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Born in Germany in 1930, Andrew Sachs came to England in 1938 with his family. Following school and a stint of National Service, he began a career in theatre, touring Britain before joining the BBC Drama Repertory Company, where he achieved success on stage, television and the radio. He landed his career-defining role in 1975: the Spanish waiter Manuel in the hugely popular Fawlty Towers. Performing regularly on and off stage ever since, Sachs has recently appeared in Coronation Street and the acclaimed film Quartet. He lives in north London with his wife, Melody.Review:
"Those into celebrity autobiographies should watch out for offerings from Andrew Sachs - " The Press " There is, however, a lot more to the memoir than Manuel - as well as telling a jolly showbiz tale, he can also strike a more serious and insightful tone when the subject matter requires it." The Times "[T]his is an engaging and often touching account of someone who has gone through life hellbent on squeezing as much enjoyment out of it as he can." Mail On Sunday "The harrowing, inspiring life of Andrew Sachs." Roger Lewis, The Spectator "A feast of stories, funny and sad, name droppings par excellence, thoughtful opinions and a 54-year-old love story." Yours
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Book Description Robson, 2014. Condition: New. Much loved as the Spanish waiter Manuel in Fawlty Towers, Andrew Sachs (1930-2016) was born in Berlin rather than Barcelona and fled to England in 1938 after his father was arrested by the Gestapo. In this compelling and often hilarious memoir he tells of his early years in showbiz, the success of the infamous Torquay hotel, and his acting career beyond Fawlty, which included Shakespeare, Dustin Hoffman's Quartet, a stint as Father Brown, and Snowy in BBC Radio 5's Tintin. Seller Inventory # 222073
Book Description 2014. Condition: New. A few weeks before Kristallnacht inNovember 1938, Andrew Sachs looked on as Nazi officers arrested his fatherwhile the family was eating in a restaurant. The son of a Jewish father and alapsed Cathol.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 388 pages. 0.756. Seller Inventory # 9781849546362
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Book Description 2014. Condition: New. A few weeks before Kristallnacht inNovember 1938, Andrew Sachs looked on as Nazi officers arrested his fatherwhile the family was eating in a restaurant. The son of a Jewish father and a.Shipping may be from our Sydney, NSW warehouse or from our UK or US warehouse, depending on stock availability. 388 pages. 0.756. Seller Inventory # 9781849546362