Never Mind The Quality, Feel The Width. Emmanuel 'Manny' Cohen (John Bluthal). Copyright: Thames Television.

John Bluthal

Those we have lost in comedy, 2018

It had already been a bad year for comedy industry deaths even before the late-breaking news that legend Dame June Whitfield had died.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 30th December 2018

Obituary: John Bluthal

John Bluthal, the actor who has died aged 89, was one of Spike Milligan's regular comedy partners and a familiar face in a string of British film farces of the 1960s and 1970s. In recent years, he was known for his portrayal of Frank Pickle, the bow-tied bore who is one of the parish council odd-bods in the BBC sitcom The Vicar Of Dibley.

The Telegraph, 20th November 2018

John Bluthal dies aged 89

John Bluthal, best remembered as Frank Pickle in The Vicar Of Dibley, has died.

British Comedy Guide, 17th November 2018

Radio Times review

Some of the freewheeling lunacy, cracker-joke disguises and general corpsing from Milligan's six Q series for the BBC from 1969-82 are shown tonight and tomorrow at 10.30pm. Fortunately most of the stereotyping and sexism of the period has hit the editor's bin. But the programmes do show how many great stooges Milligan had, from Huw Wheldon/Hughie Green impersonator John Bluthal and simpleton-voiced Alan Clare to David "I was in Cockleshell Heroes, you know" Lodge.

Mark Braxton, Radio Times, 10th December 2014