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Richard Griffiths (I) (1947–2013)

British character actor Richard Griffiths came from radio and the classical stage where he built up an early reputation as a Shakespearean clown, with larger-than-life portrayals of Henry VIII, Falstaff in "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and Bottom in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with the Royal Shakespeare Company just a few of his standout credits. ... See full bio »

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 2013/I About Time
Lawyer in play (uncredited)
 2012 The Hollow Crown (TV Series)
Duke of Burgundy
- Henry V (2012) ... Duke of Burgundy
 2011 Episodes (TV Series)
Julian Bullard
 2011 George and Bernard Shaw (TV Series)
- Pilot (2011) ... Bernard
 2010 National Theatre Live: The Habit of Art
Fitz / W.H. Auden
 2007 Ballet Shoes (TV Movie)
Great Uncle Matthew
 2006/I Venus
 2005 Lost in Love
 2005 Princes in the Tower (TV Movie)
Thomas More (voice)
 2000 Hope and Glory (TV Series)
Leo Wheeldon
- Episode #2.4 (2000) ... Leo Wheeldon
- Episode #2.1 (2000) ... Leo Wheeldon
 2000 Vatel
Dr. Bourdelot
 2000 Gormenghast (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.2 (2000) ... Swelter
- Episode #1.1 (2000) ... Swelter
 1998 Ted & Ralph (TV Movie)
Landowner at Party
 1998 The Animal Train (TV Short)
Elephant (voice)
 1998 The Canterbury Tales (TV Series)
- Leaving London (1998) ... Saturn (voice)
 1998 Archibald the Koala (TV Series)
- The Dragon (1998) ... Archibald (voice)
 1995 Funny Bones
Jim Minty
 1994-1995 The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends (TV Series)
Mr. Jackson / Mr. Alderman Ptolomy Tortoise / Sir Isaac Newton
- The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies and Mrs. Tittlemouse (1995) ... Mr. Jackson (voice)
- The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and Mr. Jeremy Fisher (1994) ... Mr. Alderman Ptolomy Tortoise / Sir Isaac Newton (voice)
 1994 Screen One (TV Series)
Brian Beazely
- A Breed of Heroes (1994) ... Brian Beazely
 1994 Guarding Tess
 1993 Lovejoy (TV Series)
Hans Koopman
- They Call Me Midas (1993) ... Hans Koopman
 1993 Inspector Morse (TV Series)
Canon Humphrey Appleton
- The Day of the Devil (1993) ... Canon Humphrey Appleton
 1992 Mr. Wakefield's Crusade (TV Series)
- Episode #1.3 (1992) ... Porter
- Episode #1.2 (1992) ... Porter
- Episode #1.1 (1992) ... Porter
 1992 The Good Guys (TV Series)
Archie Phillips
- Going West (1992) ... Archie Phillips
 1992 El C.I.D. (TV Series)
- Nothing Is Forever (1992) ... Weatherby
 1992 Blame It on the Bellboy
Maurice Horton
 1991 Perfect Scoundrels (TV Series)
Phil Kirby
- Ssh, You Know Who (1991) ... Phil Kirby
 1991 King Ralph
Duncan Phipps
 1989 Goldeneye (TV Movie)
Second admiral
 1987 The Marksman (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.3 (1987) ... Brown
- Episode #1.2 (1987) ... Brown
- Episode #1.1 (1987) ... Brown
 1987 Casanova (TV Movie)
 1986 Shanghai Surprise
Willie Tuttle
 1986 Boon (TV Series)
Sidney Garbutt
- Glasshouse People (1986) ... Sidney Garbutt
 1984 A Private Function
 1982-1983 Minder (TV Series)
Appearance by / Derek Farrow
- Minder's Christmas Bonus (1983) ... Appearance by
- Dreamhouse (1982) ... Derek Farrow
 1983 Gorky Park
 1983 Bergerac (TV Series)
- Fall of a Birdman (1983) ... Jean-Pierre
 1983 The Cleopatras (TV Mini-Series)
Pot Belly
- 115 BC (1983) ... Pot Belly
- 128 BC (1983) ... Pot Belly
- 145 BC (1983) ... Pot Belly
 1982 Gandhi
 1982 Five-Minute Films (TV Series short)
The Window Cleaner
- A Light Snack (1982) ... The Window Cleaner
 1982 The World Cup: A Captain's Tale (TV Movie)
Sidney Barron
 1982 Britannia Hospital
Cheerful Bernie
 1982 Bird of Prey (TV Series)
Henry Jay
- Printout Urgent (1982) ... Henry Jay
- Mode Murder (1982) ... Henry Jay
 1981 Ragtime
Delmas' Assistant No. 1
 1981 Prisoners of Conscience (TV Series)
William Beausire
- William Beausire (1981) ... William Beausire
 1981 Chariots of Fire
Head Porter-Caius College
 1980 Superman II
Terrorist #3
 1980/II Nobody's Perfect (TV Series)
Sam Hooper
 1980 Breaking Glass
Studio Engineer
 1979 Afternoon Off (TV Movie)
Factory Boss
 1978 The Sweeney (TV Series)
Ronnie Harries
- Jack or Knave (1978) ... Ronnie Harries
 1978 The Comedy of Errors (TV Movie)
 1974-1977 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Board member / Park keeper
- It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (1977) ... Board member
- Norma (1974) ... Park keeper
 1977 Second City Firsts (TV Series)
Bedworth Hog
- Twelve Off the Belt (1977) ... Bedworth Hog
 1976 The Expert (TV Series)
- Tainted Money (1976) ... Ripley
 1976 It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet
Sam Broadbent
 1976 Red Letter Day (TV Series)
Window Cleaner
- Well Thank You, Thursday (1976) ... Window Cleaner
 1976 When the Boat Comes In (TV Series)
P.C. Price
- A Land Fit for Heroes and Idiots (1976) ... P.C. Price
 1974 Crown Court (TV Series)
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She acted in Luigi Pirandello's play, "The Rules of the Game," at the Almeida Theatre in London, England with Nicola Pagett, David Yelland, James Frain, Janet Henfrey, John Normington, John Cater, and Robert Demeger in the cast. Jonathan Kent was director. See more »

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5' 9" (1.75 m)

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Personal Quote:

If I had my way, all actors over 55 would be issued a 3-lb. wet salmon with which to slap the face of every young, beautiful, successful upstart. 'That's for being so lucky, you bastard!' I would shout. And then, hit them again, if you can. See more »


May 2006: When a mobile rang out for the third time during his performance as Hector, a teacher, in Alan Bennett's The History Boys at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York, Griffiths rounded on the theatregoer and thundered: "I am not going to compete with these electronic devices. You were told to turn them off by the stage manager; you were told it was against the law. If we hear one more phone ... See more »

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