Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr pay tribute to Victor Spinetti

Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have paid tribute to actor and director Victor Spinetti, who died of prostate cancer on Monday 18 June.

McCartney posted the following message on his official website:

Victor was a fine man, a great pal and a fantastic actor and someone I am proud to have known for many years. His irreverent wit and exuberant personality will remain in my memory forever. I will miss his loyal friendship as will all the others who were lucky enough to know and love the wonderful Mr Spinetti.
Paul McCartney

Ringo Starr issued a brief statement:

It was a pleasure the time we worked with Victor. He was a good man and I send my condolences to his family. Peace and love, Ringo
Ringo Starr

Tributes to Spinetti were paid yesterday from around the world. Among them was Yoko Ono, who Tweeted:

Spinetti was the only non-Beatle to appear in each of the group's first three films, A Hard Day's Night, Help! and Magical Mystery Tour. He co-wrote and directed the stage play of John Lennon's In His Own Write, and appeared in the video for Wings' London Town.

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2 responses on “Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr pay tribute to Victor Spinetti

  1. Aubrey A. Reid

    I would like to express my profound sadness of lost of Mr Victor Spinetti. I met Mr Spinetti in July 24, 1988 on a British Airways flight to London, England. We had long talk during the flight. Mr Spinetti was a man of high honour. To the Spinetti family, I offer my deepest condolences to your lost of this wonderful man.

  2. Kelly

    “Up, Up, Up Algernon” – I loved Victor Spinetti’s work with the Beatles. Outside of the Beatles themselves he was probably the most talented individual (obviously for his acting ability as opposed to the Beatles’ musicianship) appearing in their films. The scenes in Help! in the lab, with the curling stone bomb, and the boat and of course as the show director in A Hard Day’s Night are just priceless. I was unaware until today, July 5th, that he had passed. Victor I toast to you and your body of work and to those close to him my deepest condolences. I think I will have a good cry and go watch my Help! DVD now. Kelly in San Clemente, California

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