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Dawn French pays tribute to Vicar of Dibley star Gary Waldhorn

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Dawn French Robert Lindsay and Samuel West paid tribute to Vicar of Dibley actor Gary Waldhorn, who died at the age of 78.

The veteran TV star, best known for his role as Alderman David Horton in the comedy series, “passed away peacefully” on Monday, confirmed his son Josh.

French Horn first appeared alongside French on the BBC sitcom in her debut episode in 1994 and continued to appear in every episode, famously related to her character, the pastor.

He most recently appeared in a Christmas special, The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown, with French, who plays Geraldine Granger, and James Fleet, who plays his son Hugo.

On Twitter and Instagram, the 64-year-old Frenchman leads the honors by posting a black and white picture of the actor and labeling it with a broken-hearted emoji.

Similarly, My Family star Lindsay, 72, wrote on Twitter: “And during all this insane news about the death of dear #garywaldhorn.

“Such great memories of working with him and my wonderful buddy Trevor Peacock at @rxtheatre.”

All Creatures Great And Small-Star West shared a picture of the couple on stage in 1997 and called them an “excellent actor”.

West wrote on Twitter: “Sad news about Gary Waldhorn.

“In 1997 he played my father, the king of the same name, in both parts of Henry IV at the Old Vic (here with my actual father as the ultimate non-father, Falstaff).

“A lovely man and a great actor.”

French Horn has appeared on classic British television shows like The Sweeney, Brush Strokes and Hotel Babylon, and was even featured on the comedy sketch show French And Saunders.

He also provided voice overs for commercials, including for Green Flag, Kwik Fit, Branston and Marmite.

Waldhorn was an accomplished Shakespeare actor and had starred with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Much Ado About Nothing, among others.

In a statement, his family said: “Classically educated, it was the theater where he really thrived and left a legacy of entertainment that saw him frequently on the boards of Broadway, the West End and in our living rooms on television.

“He leaves behind his two grandsons, Cooper and Bayley, and his son Josh. We will all miss him very much. “

Other late Vicar Of Dibley stars include Emma Chambers, who played as Alice Tinker, and Trevor Peacock, who played Jim Trott.

BBC Comedy said, “Gary was an incredibly talented actor whom we fondly remember for his numerous appearances on some of the country’s most popular BBC shows and of course as Alderman David Horton on The Vicar Of Dibley.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”

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