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

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

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

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

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

Richard Griffiths: Why the late 'Harry Potter' actor will always be Uncle Monty from 'Withnail and I' to me
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,
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'Harry Potter' and 'History Boys' Star Richard Griffiths Has Died at 65

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

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

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

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

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

'Withnail & I' actor Richard Griffiths dies, aged 65
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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Classic British TV Series Being Streamed By Acorn TV

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Cinema Retro has received the following press release:

The leading ‘Best British TV’ streaming service Acorn TV is now streaming full seasons of several popular British mystery and drama series, along with two critically acclaimed Canadian series. This week Acorn TV also has a special Memorial Day Weekend Midsomer Marathon with the first 22 episodes of its best-selling series,Midsomer Murders, and the U.S. debut of John Nettles final episodes.

Acorn TV is currently streaming a full season of Helen Mirren in Prime Suspect; the final seasons of the universally acclaimed Canadian dramedy Slings & ARROWSand Derek Jacobi’s mystery series Cadfael; the U.S. debut of the newest season of Murdoch Mysteries; Lynda La Plante’s Trial & Retribution; John Mortimer’s Under The Hammer; the final episodes of WWII drama Wish Me Luck; Richard Griffiths (Harry Potter) in Pie In The Sky; and John Nettles final episodes with Midsomer Murders,
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Pie In The Sky Complete Collection DVD Review

For those who are big fans of any crime-related shows on American television whose names consist exclusively of, or include, acronyms, it's probably safe to suggest that you give Pie in the Sky a miss.

Things get trickier after that though, because the mid-90s BBC show is hard to compare to anything, much less any other criminal investigation series. Fans of British television surely want to give it a chance, especially anything that falls in the general category of episodic drama, but you don't want to look here for your fix of detective programming.

Much as you might like to try to explain the show in simple terms, it's actually just a show about Henry Crabbe (Richard Griffiths), and though he is a police detective, and it is hard to argue against the idea that "crimes" "happen," and he "investigates" them, but there the similarity to any police or detective drama ends.
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DVD Review - Pie in the Sky, Series 5

Earlier this year, I gave the series 4 release of Pie in the Sky a bad review. But, upon reflection of it, I can't help but think that I was maybe too harsh. The show does have a certain charm about it that's hard to come by. After watching series 5, I have to say that I have a much more positive view of the show than I did after series 4. Pie in the Sky still isn't one of my favorite shows, but it's a nice slice of television.

Want more lighthearted British cop fare? Check out TVOvermind's review of New Tricks, season 4.

Fans of previous seasons of Pie in the Sky will enjoy the show's fifth and final season (out on DVD from Acorn Media 8/2). It has a bit of sentimentality to it that doesn't get too trite, thankfully. The mysteries, unlike the ones from series 4, are actually pretty engrossing (though,
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DVD Playhouse: December 2010

DVD Playhouse December 2010

By

Allen Gardner

America Lost And Found: The Bbs Story (Criterion) Perhaps the best DVD box set released this year, this ultimate cinefile stocking stuffer offered up by Criterion, the Rolls-Royce of home video labels, features seven seminal works from the late ‘60s-early ‘70s that were brought to life by cutting edge producers Bert Schneider, Steve Blauner and director/producer Bob Rafelson, the principals of Bbs Productions. In chronological order: Head (1968) star the Monkees, the manufactured (by Rafelson, et al), American answer to the Beatles who, like it or not, did make an impact on popular culture, particularly in this utterly surreal piece of cinematic anarchy (co-written by Jack Nicholson, who has a cameo), which was largely dismissed upon its initial release, but is now regarded as a counterculture classic. Easy Rider (1969) is arguably regarded as the seminal ‘60s picture, about two hippie drug dealers (director Dennis Hopper
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DVD Playhouse--august 2010

DVD Playhouse—August 2010

By

Allen Gardner

Black Orpheus (Criterion) Winner of the 1959 Best Foreign Film Oscar and that same year’s Palme d’Or at Cannes, Black Orpheus is a modern-day update of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice reset in 20th century Brazil during Carnival in Rio. Director Marcel Camus offers up a visual feast with some of the decade’s most ravishing color cinematography. A classic. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Archival interviews with Camus and actress Marpessa Dawn; Interviews with Brazilian cinema scholar Robert Stam, jazz historian Gary Giddins, and Brazilian author Ruy Castro; Documentary on the film; Trailer. Full screen. Dolby 1.0 mono.

The Last Song (Touchstone) Sentimental adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ (by Sparks and Jeff Van Wie) sentimental novel about a father and daughter attempting to repair their damaged relationship. Greg Kinnear, as the dad in question, comes off best, while tween sensation Miley Cyrus
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DVD Playhouse--December 2009

DVD Playhouse—December 2009

By

Allen Gardner

Public Enemies (Universal) Johnny Depp portrays legendary Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger in co- writer/director Michael Mann’s take on America’s first “Public Enemy Number One.” Like many big studio releases today, Public Enemies has it all: A-list talent before and behind the camera, but lacks a heart or soul that allows its audience to connect with it. Film plays out like a “true crime” TV show with re-enactments of famous events cast with top actors and shot by the best technicians in the business, with little, if any, character or story development to hold it together in between. A real disappointment from one of our finest filmmakers and finest actors. The lone standout: the great character actor Stephen Lang as a hard-eyed lawman who’s seen a lot, but manages to retain a tiny piece of his heart. For a better take on the same subject,
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DVD Playhouse: April 2009

DVD Playhouse—April 2009

By

Allen Gardner

Milk (Universal) Sean Penn deservedly captured his second Best Actor Oscar (and Dustin Lance Black a statuette for his original screenplay) in director Gus Van Sant’s portrait of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to hold public office in the U.S. Alternately heartbreaking, infuriating and very funny, a film that both captures a bygone era and is still very timely. Fine support from Josh Brolin, Victor Garber, James Franco and Emile Hirsch. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Three featurettes. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS 5.1 surround.

Slumdog Millionaire (20th Century Fox) The Best Picture of 2008 is a kinetic, clever audience-pleaser about a determined lad (Dev Patel) from the slums of Mumbai, who has his chance at literal and financial redemption as a contestant on India’s version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Best Director Danny Boyle dazzles
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