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Victor Spinetti (September 2, 1929–June 18, 2012) was a Welsh actor. He was the voice of Texas Pete on The Further Adventures of SuperTed.

Biography

A comic eccentric and gifted raconteur, Victor Spinetti was born in Wales on September 2, 1929, the son of Giuseppe Spinetti and Lily (Watson) Spinetti. He was educated at Monmouth School. Initially interested in a teaching degree, he turned to acting instead and studied for the stage at the College of Music and Drama, Cardiff. A familiar stage presence in London's West End, his roles included "Expresso Bongo" with Paul Scofield and Leonard Bernstein's "Candide". He also spent six years with Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop. After he was noticed in some of his more important theater pieces such as "The Hostage", "Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'be", "Henry IV, Parts I & II" and "Every Man in His Humour", his triumph in "Oh! What a Lovely War" led to Broadway and both the Tony and Theatre World awards.

In the late 1960s, Spinetti co-starred in "The Odd Couple" with Jack Klugman when it toured London. A noted performer with the Royal Shakespeare Company, he was equally adept in theatre musicals, providing delicious villainy as Fagin in "Oliver!" and Captain Hook in "Peter Pan".

In 1960s film, Spinetti became a vital part of the "Beatlemania" phenomenon, earning international recognition as he added to the insanity of three of The Beatles' cult vehicles: A Hard Day's Night (1964), Help! (1965) and their hourlong Magical Mystery Tour (1967). A TV favorite in England, he scored in many comedy series over the years. Until his death in 2012, he was an excellent conversationalist and storyteller who has often extended his talents into writing.

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