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Dead at 65: Harry Potter Actor Famous for Playing Gay Teacher in Stage Hit

29 March 2013 7:41 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

British stage, film and television actor Richard Griffiths died yesterday due to complications in the aftermath of heart surgery at Coventry hospital. He was 65 years old. Though best remembered for his performance as Uncle Vernon in the Harry Potter flicks, Griffiths was a well-respected name on the British stage, having won a number of awards ( Tony. Laurence Olivier, and Drama Desk awards.) for playing a free-spirited gay teacher -- who likes his male teenage students a tad too much -- in Alan Bennett's play The History Boys. (Pictured above: Griffiths in the film version of The History Boys, co-starring Dominic Cooper.) Griffiths was also a well-regarded movie actor -- though not as a result of his work on the Harry Potter movies. His prestige lay on his work on low-budget, independently made British efforts such as Nicholas Hytner's outstanding film adapation of The History Boys (released in 2006) and »

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Richard Griffiths obituary

29 March 2013 5:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor of geniality, grace and solemnity, he excelled in playing characters on the margins of society

Richard Griffiths, who has died aged 65 from complications following heart surgery, was a fine actor defined by his largeness of spirit, his comic instinct and his empathy with outsiders, as well as his undeniable physical size. He was the kind of actor whom everyone remembers with affection, whether as the flawed but inspirational Hector in Alan Bennett's The History Boys (first staged in 2004, then filmed in 2006) or as the eccentrically gay Uncle Monty in Bruce Robinson's Withnail and I (1987).

Like most actors who have a thriving career in film and television, he learned his craft in theatre. I first became aware of him in the late 1970s when he rose steadily through the ranks of the Royal Shakespeare Company. I was especially struck by his ability to speak verse with mellifluous clarity. »

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Richard Griffiths obituary

29 March 2013 5:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor of geniality, grace and solemnity, he excelled in playing characters on the margins of society

Richard Griffiths, who has died aged 65 from complications following heart surgery, was a fine actor defined by his largeness of spirit, his comic instinct and his empathy with outsiders, as well as his undeniable physical size. He was the kind of actor whom everyone remembers with affection, whether as the flawed but inspirational Hector in Alan Bennett's The History Boys (first staged in 2004, then filmed in 2006) or as the eccentrically gay Uncle Monty in Bruce Robinson's Withnail and I (1987).

Like most actors who have a thriving career in film and television, he learned his craft in theatre. I first became aware of him in the late 1970s when he rose steadily through the ranks of the Royal Shakespeare Company. I was especially struck by his ability to speak verse with mellifluous clarity. »

- Michael Billington

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R.I.P. Richard Griffiths (1947-2013)

29 March 2013 1:01 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Veteran British character actor Richard Griffiths passed away yesterday March 28th aged 65, after suffering complications following heart surgery. Best known for his role as Harry Potter's uncle Vernon Dursley in the blockbuster Harry Potter film series, Griffith enjoyed a long and distinguished career on both the stage and screen, winning a host of accolades including a Tony Award for his work in the play The History Boys, as well a BAFTA Award nomination for Leading Actor for the 2006 film adaptation.

Born in Thornaby-on-Tees in 1947, Griffiths began his career treading the boards with the Royal Shakespeare Company before making his feature film debut in 1975's It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet. Minor roles in the likes of Superman II, The French Lieutenant's Woman, Chariots of Fire and Ghandi soon followed in the early 80s, which also saw him making the transition to television, appearing in the lead in the BBC's 1982 techno-thriller TV series Bird of Prey. »

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Richard Griffiths: Why the late 'Harry Potter' actor will always be Uncle Monty from 'Withnail and I' to me

29 March 2013 8:26 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The sad news of actor Richard Griffiths’ passing at the age of 65 has been unsurprisingly marked by headlines which routinely mention the Harry Potter movies. Certainly Griffiths made an impressive contribution to that franchise as he did a remarkable number of other projects, including the U.K. TV show Pie in the Sky and the acclaimed Broadway hit The History Boys, which earned him a Tony.

But for cult movie fans — and particularly British cult movie fans such as myself — Griffiths will be most fondly remembered for playing the eccentric “Uncle Monty” in the fabulous 1987 black comedy Withnail and I, »

- Clark Collis

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'Harry Potter' Actor Dies At 65

29 March 2013 7:49 AM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

London — Richard Griffiths was one of the great British stage actors of his generation, a heavy man with a light touch, whether in Shakespeare or Neil Simon. But for millions of movie fans, he will always be grumpy Uncle Vernon, the least magical of characters in the fantastical "Harry Potter" movies.

Griffiths died Thursday at University Hospital in Coventry, central England from complications following heart surgery, his agent, Simon Beresford, said. He was 65.

"Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe paid tribute to the actor Friday, saying that "any room he walked into was made twice as funny and twice as clever just by his presence."

"I am proud to say I knew him," Radcliffe said.

Griffiths won a Tony Award for "The History Boys" and appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows. But he will be most widely remembered as a pair of contrasting uncles – Harry Potter's Uncle Vernon Dursley »

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'Harry Potter' and 'History Boys' Star Richard Griffiths Has Died at 65

29 March 2013 7:29 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Sad news to start this Good Friday comes from across the pond as Reuters reports Harry Potter franchise star Richard Griffiths has passed away at 65 from complications following heart surgery. The British actor, who played Harry Potter's nasty Uncle Vernon in the multi-billion dollar series, has been acting for nearly 30 years, taking pivotal roles in both TV and film. His early career started on UK series like "The Sweeney" and "Minder" and would later return to the small screen for "Pie in the Sky" and "A King of Living." However, it's Griffiths presence as a character actor on the big screen that audiences remember. Griffiths brought one of his many stage roles (that landed him the Laurence Olivier award in 2005) to life in a film adaptation of The History Boys in 2006, but before that he had already starred in several critically lauded and world famous films like Gandhi and Chariots of Fire. »

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R.I.P. Richard Griffiths

29 March 2013 7:15 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

65-year-old legendary British actor Richard Griffiths has died after complications following heart surgery.

Though widely known for his role as Harry's pompous uncle Vernon Dursley in the "Harry Potter" films, Griffith's career has been one of much acclaim and some stunning films, and shows such as his starring role as Henry Crabbe in the mid-1990s TV series "Pie in the Sky".

Films he has worked on include "Withnail and I," "Gorky Park," "Sleepy Hollow," "The Naked Gun 2 1/2," "Stage Beauty," "Venus," and "Hugo".

He also scored multiple awards for his work on the stage play of "The History Boys," and reprised the role for the film adaptation. »

- Garth Franklin

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‘Harry Potter’ Star Richard Griffiths Dies At 65 Years Old

29 March 2013 6:40 AM, PDT | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

Following a complicated heart surgery, the ‘Harry Potter’ actor died on March 28. So sad.

Richard Griffiths, most famously known as Uncle Vernon in all the Harry Potter films, has died. The actor died following heart surgery on March 28, and Daniel Radcliffe has said touching words about him.

Richard Griffiths Dies At 65 Years Old

Richard, 65, died in England following his surgery, reports TMZ. He is survived by his wife, Heather Gibson.

This is such sad news! Richard’s co-star Daniel released a statement regarding his death, and he said that he was “proud” to know him.

“Richard was by my side during two of the most important moments of my career … any room he walked into was made twice as funny and twice as clever just by his presence. I am proud to say I knew him,” said Daniel.

Daniel is referring to the famous wizard movies, and also his role in Equus, »

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Harry Potter Actor Richard Griffiths Dies at the Age of 65

29 March 2013 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

British actor Richard Griffiths has died at the age of 65 after complications following heart surgery, his agent said today. Griffiths was best known for his portrayal of Vernon Dursley in the "Harry Potter" films and his credits included Withnail and I , Pie in the Sky , Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides , Gandhi and Hugo . He received the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Featured Actor and a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play, all for his role in Alan Bennett's play "The History Boys." He reprised his role for the 2006 movie. Griffiths' agent, Simon Beresford, described him as "a remarkable man and one of our »

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Harry Potter And Withnail & I Star Richard Griffiths Dies

29 March 2013 4:59 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Richard Griffiths, the star of Harry Potter, Withnail & I and many other great films, has passed away due to complications following heart surgery. He was 65.

Griffiths will be remembered most for playing two famous uncles; Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter series and Monty in the comedy classic, Withnail & I. He also stole the show in both the stage and screen versions of Alan Bennett’s History Boys and popped up in everything from Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides to Superman II to The Hollow Crown: Henry V. His stage work was incredibly prolific, with his most recent success being Equus, Peter Shaffer’s disturbing and compelling drama. He played opposite his Potter co-star Daniel Radcliffe, who received most of the press for getting his kit off, but Griffith’s performance as psychiatrist Martin Dysart was a testament to his extraordinary talent.

He will be remembered most, »

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'Withnail & I' actor Richard Griffiths dies, aged 65

29 March 2013 3:16 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Richard Griffiths has died at the age of 65.

Griffiths's agent Simon Beresford confirmed that the award-winning actor passed away on Thursday (March 28) after complications following heart surgery.

The British actor was most recently seen in the play The Sunshine Boys alongside Danny DeVito.

Griffiths had an acting career spanning over 30 years, first appearing in the 1975 movie It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet.

Since then, he has had roles in much-loved films such as Pirates of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Hugo, as well as classic TV series including Pie in the Sky, Minder, The Sweeney and Bergerac.

Griffiths won a Laurence Olivier Award and a Tony Award for 'Best Actor' when he starred in the play The History Boys.

He most notably appeared as Uncle Vernon in the Harry Potter series and as Uncle Monty in Withnail & I.

His Harry Potter and Equus co-star Daniel Radcliffe told BBC News »

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