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A fat and jolly knight. The character was invented by William Shakespeare for his plays Henry IV (parts 1 and 2) and also appeared in The Merry Wives of Windsor.
The story of Falstaff originated partly in Henry's early friendship for Oldcastle (q.v.).
Michael Gambon is quite superb as Sir John Falstaff, and completely captures the audience's affections from the start.
True or not, such a theory doesn't explain or illuminate the marvel of literary creation that is Falstaff.
They have created whimsical character teapots such as, Long John Silver, Falstaff and Cowboy, as well as many more.
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