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Hugh Griffith (I) (1912–1980)

Enjoyably larger-than-life character actor Hugh Emrys Griffith was born in Marianglas, Anglesey, North Wales, to Mary (Williams) and William Griffith. Griffith left the world of banking (having been employed as a teller) after winning a scholarship to study acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Though he graduated a gold medallist, top of ... See full bio »


(age 67) in London, England, UK

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 1977 Some Like It Cool
The Caliph
 1975 Legend of the Werewolf
Maestro Pamponi
 1974 Craze
 1974 High School Girl
Barone di Roccadura
 1974 Take Me High
Sir Harry Cunningham
 1973 The Last Days of Man on Earth
Professor Hira
 1972 What?
Joseph Noblart
 1972 The Canterbury Tales
Sir January
 1972 Dr. Phibes Rises Again
Harry Ambrose
 1972 Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?
Mr. Harrison
 1970 Cry of the Banshee
 1968 The Fixer
 1967 Brown Eye, Evil Eye
Tadeusz Bridges
 1967 The Sailor from Gibraltar
 1966 How to Steal a Million
 1966 Danger Grows Wild
Salah Rahman Khan
 1964 The Bargee
Joe Turnbull
 1964 Hide and Seek
 1962 Term of Trial
 1962 Lisa
Van der Pink
 1962 The Counterfeit Traitor
 1960 Exodus
 1959 The Story on Page One
Judge Edgar Neilsen
 1955 Passage Home
 1954 The Sleeping Tiger
The Inspector
 1954 Man with a Million
Potter (uncredited)
 1952 The Wild Heart
Andrew Vessons
 1951 The Galloping Major
Harold Temple, Process Server
 1950 Gone to Earth
Andrew Vessons
 1949 Kind Hearts and Coronets
Lord High Steward
 1949 Women of Dolwyn
The Minister
 1948 Dulcimer Street
Headlam Fynne
 1948 Affairs of a Rogue
Bishop of Salisbury
 1948 So Evil My Love
 1948 The Three Weird Sisters
Mabli Hughes
 1947 The Silver Darlings
 1940 Neutral Port
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He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Henry IV Part I" in the Stratford Theatre Festival in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with Ian Holm, Eric Porter, David Waller, Roy Dotrice, Patience Collier, and Janet Suzman in the cast. Peter Hall, John Barton and... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Hugh Griffiths

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He appeared in three Best Picture Academy Award winners: Ben-Hur (1959), Tom Jones (1963) and Oliver! (1968). See more »

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