Gary Waldhorn, actor in Vicars of Dibley, dies


Gary Waldhorn, an actor best known for his role as Councillor David Horton on the TV series The Vicar of Dibley has passed away at age 78.

Waldhorn played the role of chairman of the parish Council, which often clashed frequently with Dawn French’s vicar.

He also hosted TV shows in the 1980s and 1990s, including Lovejoy, Brush Strokes, and Gallowglass.

Waldhorn enjoyed a distinguished career in the theater, including at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

His son Josh reported that he died Monday.

Josh Waldhorn stated in a statement that he was classically trained and thrived at the theatre. He also left a legacy of entertainment, which saw him visit the boards of Broadway and the West End, as well as our living rooms via the television.

“He left behind his two grandsons Bayley, Cooper and Josh. He will be missed by all of us.

BBC Comedy also released a statement saying that Gary was an extraordinarily talented actor. We will always remember him for his appearances in some of our most beloved BBC programs and as Councillor David Horton on The Vicar of Dibley.

“Our thoughts and condolences are with his loved ones during this time of sorrow.”

Waldhorn was a theatre actor in Good for the RSC 1981. It went on to Broadway in 1982. Black Comedy, alongside David Tennant, appeared in London’s West End 1998.

The Sunday Times described him as “magnificent”, and he also performed the title role of Henry IV at Old Vic.

He returned to the theatre, where he had first discovered the acting bug.

He once said, “I enjoyed acting as a kid and I recall as a first-former living in London that we received tickets to the Old Vic to watch a Shakespeare play.”

It was the moment I first saw Richard Burton as Henry V that changed my life. “I came back to Shakespearian acting and I decided that I would like to become a Shakespearian actor.”


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