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Good Friday just became significantly worse, with the news that veteran British character actor Richard Griffiths has passed away at the age of 65, due to complications from heart surgery. A star of stage and screen for close to forty years, the actor was best known for playing a pair of uncles -- Uncle Monty in "Withnail & I," and Vernon Dursley in the "Harry Potter" franchise, but was behind dozens of memorable roles that stretch far beyond those two. Born in Yorkshire in 1947 (both his parents were deaf, and he had to learn sign language at young age to communicate with them), Griffiths trained at Manchester Polytechnic School Of Drama, before starting off his career in radio drama and rep theater, before coming to the attention of the Royal Shakespeare Company. at the start of the 1980s, he started to land small roles in high-profile films like "Superman II," "Chariots Of Fire, »

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