Victor Spinetti | Tony winner, 82

In this 1972 photo, Victor Spinetti poses outside the Palace Theatre in London. PA WIRE
In this 1972 photo, Victor Spinetti poses outside the Palace Theatre in London. PA WIRE
Posted: June 21, 2012

Victor Spinetti, 82, a comic actor who appeared in three Beatles movies and won a Tony on Broadway, has died, his agent said Tuesday.

Mr. Spinetti died Tuesday morning after suffering from cancer for several years, said Barry Burnett, the actor's close friend and agent.

He won a Tony in 1965 for his performance in Oh, What a Lovely War but was best known for his appearances in the Beatles movies A Hard Day's Night, Help, and Magical Mystery Tour.

At a London Beatles Day event in 2010, Mr. Spinetti said he was included in the cast of A Hard Day's Night at George Harrison's insistence.

"He said, 'You got to be in all our films, otherwise me mum wouldn't come and see 'em, because she fancies you,' " Mr. Spinetti said.

He also recalled how his association with the Beatles disrupted the opening night of Oh, What a Lovely War.

"I came out on stage and a group of girls at the back screamed, 'Victor Spinetti, aaaah!' " he told absoluteelsewhere.net. "They were shouting things like, 'He's touched George!' " - AP

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