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A lot of actors won't do things because they say it is boring.... I think you should do everything

Victor Spinetti made his name in the three Beatles films, A Hard Day's Night, Help!, and Magical Mystery Tour.

Victor was the eldest of six children born to an Italian-Welsh couple in Cwm, a mining village outside Ebbw Vale. After working his way up in the industry in revues and provincial theatre tours, he was appearing in the much talked-about play Oh! What A Lovely War when he had some visitors backstage.

It was the Beatles and they wanted to be in their new film. George Harrison said: "You've got to be in all our films ... if you're not in them me Mum won't come and see them – because she fancies you.”

The Beatles films brought him to a wider audience and soon he was doing everything from directing musicals to providing the voice of the villainous Texas Pete in the children’s TV cartoon SuperTed. He discussed many details of his busy life in his popular touring show, A Very Private Diary in the 1980s.

Hi De Hi star Ruth Madoc was amongst those to pay tribute to Victor Spinetti, following his death from prostate cancer.

“He was very theatrical, but on the other hand he never lost his common touch,” she said.

“He never forgot he was the boy who came from Cwm.”