Vicar Of Dibley star Gary Waldhorn has died “peacefully” at the age of 78, his family have announced.
The actor played bullish advisor David Horton in every episode of the popular sitcom from 1994 to 2007.
He recently appeared on a Christmas special, The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown, alongside star Dawn French, who plays 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 Monday. In a statement, he said: “Classically trained this was the theater where he truly flourished and he leaves a legacy of entertainment that has seen him frequent the stages of Broadway, the West End and our living rooms. on TV !
“He leaves behind his two grandsons, Cooper and Bayley, and his son Josh. He will be sadly missed by all of us.
Waldhorn has appeared on classic British television shows such as The Sweeney, Brush Strokes and Hotel Babylon, and has appeared on the French And Saunders comedy show.
He has also provided voiceovers for commercials including Green Flag, Kwik Fit, Branston and Marmite.
Waldhorn was an accomplished Shakespearean actor and had performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company, notably in Much Ado About Nothing.
BBC Comedy said: “Gary was an incredibly talented actor who we fondly remember from his many appearances on some of the country’s most beloved BBC shows, and of course as adviser David Horton on The Vicar Of Dibley.
“Our hearts go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.”