Actor Andrew Sachs, famed for his role as a waiter in British sitcom Fawlty Towers , has died, his wife said in a newspaper interview on Thursday. Sachs, 86, died at a care home in London last week and was buried on Thursday after suffering from dementia for four years, the Daily Mail reported. “My heart has been broken every day for a long time,” his wife Melody Sachs was quoted as saying. The German-born actor rose to fame in the 1970s for his role as Manuel in Fawlty Towers , playing a hotel waiter alongside actor John Cleese as the proprietor. The comedy series saw Manuel often criticised by the rude Basil Fawlty, who the BBC said was inspired by a hotel proprietor Cleese encountered. The Spanish waiter is described as the “most loveable character” in the broadcaster’s description of Fawlty Towers , which has often been rerun in the decades following its initial release. Cleese paid tribute to Sachs in a series of posts on Twitter: “A very sweet gentle ... and kind man and a truly great farceur. I first saw him in Habeas Corpus on stage in 1973. I could not have found a better Manuel. Inspired”. Sachs went on to act in a BBC radio series and appeared in children’s television programmes, as well as acting in the British soap opera Coronation Street . He arrived in Britain at the age of eight, after his family fled Berlin in 1938.