Tony Hendra , the British humorist and National Lampoon alumnus who played the blundering This Is Spinal Tap band manager responsible for delivering both the tiny Stonehenge and one of the film's greatest sight gags, died Thursday of Lou Gehrig's disease in Yonkers, NY. He was 79. Hendra's wife Carla confirmed his death to The New York Times . The actor first was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), in 2019. A member of the Cambridge University Footlights revue in 1961 and 1962, Hendra appeared onstage with both J ohn Cleese and Graham Chapman, establishing himself in the new British humor scene along with those future Monty Python stars. He moved to the United States in 1964 with comedy partner Nick Ullett. The duo opened for Lenny Bruce at the Café Au Go Go in New York's Greenwich Village and appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show . Related Story Showbiz & Media Figures We’ve Lost In 2021 – Photo Gallery Hendra, who had written for the seminal British comedy series That Was The Week That Was, eventually pivoted to TV writing in the U.S., including Playboy After Dark in 1969 and, the same year, ABC's short-lived… Read full this story
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