VICTOR SPINETTI who costarred with THE BEATLES in classics “A Hard Day’s Night", “Help” and “Magical Mystery Tour” has died at 82.
His agent said Spinetti suffered from cancer.
Spinetti, who was Welsh, was caught up in Beatlemania after appearing with the Fab Four in their 3 live action hits.
In “A Hard Day’s Night”, Spinetti played the neurotic TV director staging a spectacular driven to the brink of madness by The Beatles’ antics — and Paul’s “grandfather”.
In “Help” Spinetti embodied mad scientist Dr. Foot who sought to “Dare I say it – rule the world” with Ringo’s marked-for-death sacrificial ring.
The Beatles had first seen Spinetti chew the scenery in his Tony Award winning perf in “Oh! What a Lovely War” prompting the lads from Liverpool to ask Vic to join them onscreen.
Director Richard Lester obviously agreed.
Beatle George Harrison had told Spinetti he had to be in all the Beatles films or "Me mum won't come and see them — because she fancies you".
Beatles fans would see Spinetti and then chase him down the street, because of his link to the fulsome foursome.
"One of his stories was that when he flew over to New York there were big crowds at the airport,” agent Barry Burnett told Reuters.
“So he said 'Who's on the plane?' and they said 'Well, they're waiting for you'. His association with the Beatles made him the next best thing to them."
Spinetti’s career spanned more than 50 years and starred with some of the biggest names in the business including Liz Taylor and Richard Burton in an adaptation of Dylan Thomas’ “Under Milk Wood” in 1972.
"It's a young man's medium," Victor demurred in Hard Day's.