Veteran actor Victor Spinetti, whose notable roles included appearances in three Beatles films, has died at the age of 82.
The Welsh star, who appeared in a string of acclaimed movies as well as taking roles in the West End and on Broadway, died following a fight with pancreatic cancer.
Spinetti died in a hospice in Monmouth on Tuesday, his agent said.
One of the most talented and popular comic and classical actors of his generation, it was his friendship with the Beatles at the height of their fame which put him on the map.
He acted in and directed several West End hits, made prolific appearances on television, as well as writing poetry and prose.
Spinetti was born in Cwm, Wales, on September 2, 1933, attended Monmouth School and the Cardiff College of Music and Drama of which in later life he became a fellow.
However, his working life began as a waiter and factory worker before he sprang to prominence in three Beatles films of the 1960s: Hard Day's Night, Help! and Magical Mystery Tour.
The late George Harrison once said to him: "You have got to be in all our films. If you are not in them, my mum won't come and see them because she fancies you."
During his versatile career, Spinetti appeared in more than 30 films, including Zeffirelli's The Taming of the Shrew, Under Milk Wood, with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Voyage of the Damned, The Return of the Pink Panther, and The Krays.
His work with Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop produced many memorable performances including Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be and Oh! What a Lovely War, which transferred to New York, and for which he won a Tony Award for his role as an obnoxious drill sergeant.
His West End appearances included Expresso Bongo, Candide, Cat Among the Pigeons and Chitty, Chitty, Bang Bang, He also played the principal male character in the feminist play, Vagina Rex.
He also appeared on Broadway in The Hostage and The Philanthropist. With the Royal Shakespeare Company he appeared as Lord Foppington in The Relapse and as the archbishop in Richard III.
Spinetti also co-authored John Lennon In His Own Write, which he directed at the National Theatre. He also directed productions of Jesus Christ Superstar and Hair.
His many TV appearances included Take My Wife, and the sitcom An Actor's Life For Me.
Spinetti also wrote poetry, notably Watchers Along The Mall, and prose which have appeared in several publications.
His memoirs, Victor Spinetti Up Front, was filled with anecdotes, including the claim that Princess Margaret was instrumental in securing the necessary censor permission for the first run of Oh! What a Lovely War.