Richard Griffiths (I) (1947–2013)


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Corpulent 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 being just a few of his ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Withnail & I Monty
(1987)
(2006)
(2001)

Filmography

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 2013/I About Time
Lawyer in play (uncredited)
 2012 Private Peaceful
The Colonel
 2012 The Hollow Crown (TV Series)
Duke of Burgundy
- Henry V (2012) ... Duke of Burgundy
 2011 George and Bernard Shaw (TV Series)
Bernard
- Pilot (2011) ... Bernard
 2011 Hugo
Monsieur Frick
 2011 Episodes (TV Series)
Julian Bullard
- Episode One (2011) ... Julian Bullard
 2010 Jackboots on Whitehall
Hermann Goering (voice)
 2010 National Theatre Live: The Habit of Art
Fitz / W.H. Auden
 2008 Bedtime Stories
Barry Nottingham
 2008 A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (TV Movie)
Santa Claus
 2007 Ballet Shoes (TV Movie)
Great Uncle Matthew
 2006 The History Boys
Hector
 2006/I Venus
Donald
 2005 Bleak House (TV Mini Series)
Mr. Bayham Badger
- Episode #1.3 (2005) ... Mr. Bayham Badger
- Episode #1.2 (2005) ... Mr. Bayham Badger
 2005 Lost in Love
Tierney
 2005 Princes in the Tower (TV Movie)
Thomas More (voice)
 2004 Stage Beauty
Sir Charles Sedley
 2003 The Brides in the Bath (TV Movie)
Sir Edward Marshall-Hall
 2002 tlc (TV Series)
Mr. Benedict Ron
- Agency Nurse (2002) ... Mr. Benedict Ron
- The Wrong Leg (2002) ... Mr. Benedict Ron
- Three Stars (2002) ... Mr. Benedict Ron
- Clean White Coat (2002) ... Mr. Benedict Ron
- Sectioned (2002) ... Mr. Benedict Ron
 2002 Jeffrey Archer: The Truth (TV Movie)
Willie Whitelaw
 2001 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Uncle Vernon Dursley
 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)
Swelter
- Episode #1.2 (2000) ... Swelter
- Episode #1.1 (2000) ... Swelter
 1999 The Vicar of Dibley (TV Series)
Bishop of Mulberry
- Spring (1999) ... Bishop of Mulberry
 1999 Sleepy Hollow
Magistrate Philipse
 1998 Archibald the Koala (TV Series)
Archibald
- The Dragon (1998) ... Archibald (voice)
 1998 Ted & Ralph (TV Movie)
Landowner at Party
 1998 The Animal Train (TV Movie)
Elephant (voice)
 1998 The Canterbury Tales (TV Series)
Saturn
- Leaving London (1998) ... Saturn (voice)
 1998 In the Red (TV Mini Series)
Geoffrey Crichton Potter
- Episode #1.3 (1998) ... Geoffrey Crichton Potter
- Episode #1.2 (1998) ... Geoffrey Crichton Potter
- Episode #1.1 (1998) ... Geoffrey Crichton Potter
 1994-1997 Pie in the Sky (TV Series)
Henry Crabbe
- Smelling of Roses (1997) ... Henry Crabbe
- In the Smoke (1997) ... Henry Crabbe
- The Apprentice (1997) ... Henry Crabbe
- Return Match (1997) ... Henry Crabbe
- Cutting the Mustard (1997) ... Henry Crabbe
 1993-1995 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)
- The Tale of Samuel Whiskers or The Roly-Poly Pudding (1993) ... Mr. Jackson (voice)
 1995 Funny Bones
Jim Minty
 1994 Screen One (TV Series)
Brian Beazely
- A Breed of Heroes (1994) ... Brian Beazely
 1994 Guarding Tess
Frederick
 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)
Porter
- 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)
Weatherby
- Nothing Is Forever (1992) ... Weatherby
 1992 Blame It on the Bellboy
Maurice Horton
 1991 The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear
Dr. Meinheimer / Earl Hacker
 1991 Perfect Scoundrels (TV Series)
Phil Kirby
- Ssh, You Know Who (1991) ... Phil Kirby
 1991 King Ralph
Phipps
 1988-1990 A Kind of Living (TV Series)
Trevor Beasley
- Episode #3.13 (1990) ... Trevor Beasley
- Episode #3.12 (1990) ... Trevor Beasley
- Episode #3.11 (1990) ... Trevor Beasley
- Episode #3.10 (1990) ... Trevor Beasley
- Episode #3.9 (1990) ... Trevor Beasley
 1987-1989 Ffizz (TV Series)
Jack Mowbray
- Sickness and Health (1989) ... Jack Mowbray
- Matters of Principle (1989) ... Jack Mowbray
- A Damn Close Run Thing (1989) ... Jack Mowbray
- Love in Store (1989) ... Jack Mowbray
- Mother Knows Best (1989) ... Jack Mowbray
 1989 Goldeneye (TV Movie)
Second admiral
 1987 The Marksman (TV Mini Series)
Brown
- Episode #1.3 (1987) ... Brown
- Episode #1.2 (1987) ... Brown
- Episode #1.1 (1987) ... Brown
 1987 Withnail & I
Monty
 1987 Casanova (TV Movie)
Cardinal
 1986 Shanghai Surprise
Willie Tuttle
 1986 Boon (TV Series)
Sidney Garbutt
- Glasshouse People (1986) ... Sidney Garbutt
 1984 A Private Function
Allardyce
 1984 Bird of Prey 2 (TV Series)
Henry Jay
- Trapdoor and Spook (1984) ... Henry Jay
- Ducks in a Row (1984) ... Henry Jay
- A State-of-the-Art Way to Die (1984) ... Henry Jay
- Death and Taxes (1984) ... Henry Jay
 1983 Gorky Park
Anton
 1983 Bergerac (TV Series)
Jean-Pierre
- 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 The Merry Wives of Windsor (TV Movie)
Sir John Falstaff
 1982 Gandhi
Collins
 1980-1982 Nobody's Perfect (TV Series)
Sam Hooper
- Bill's Musical (1982) ... Sam Hooper
- Mrs Whicker In Love (1982) ... Sam Hooper
- Bill Takes A Job (1982) ... Sam Hooper
- The Lovebirds (1982) ... Sam Hooper
- The Anniversary (1982) ... Sam Hooper
 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
- Process Priority (1982) ... Henry Jay
- Mode Murder (1982) ... Henry Jay
- Input Classified (1982) ... Henry Jay
 1982 Whoops Apocalypse (TV Series)
Premier Dubienkin
- Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun (1982) ... Premier Dubienkin
- The Violet Hour (1982) ... Premier Dubienkin
- How to Get Rid of It (1982) ... Premier Dubienkin
- Road to Jerusalem (1982) ... Premier Dubienkin
 1982 Minder (TV Series)
Derek Farrow
- Dreamhouse (1982) ... Derek Farrow
 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 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)
Officer
 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)
Ripley
- 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 Village Hall (TV Series)
Mr. Ridealgh
- Mr. Ellis Versus the People (1974) ... Mr. Ridealgh
 1974 Crown Court (TV Series)
Interpreter
- Duress: Part 1 (1974) ... Interpreter
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Other Works:

He acted in George Bernard Shaw's play, "Heartbreak House," at the Almeida Theatre in London, England with Emma Fielding, Patricia Hodge, Penelope Wilton, Malcolm Sinclair, Peter McEnery, John Bowe, and Simon Dutton in the cast. David Hare was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Interviews | 4 Articles | See more »

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)

Spouse:

Heather Gibson  (his death)

Parents:

Griffiths (Denmark), Jane | Griffiths, Thomas

Relatives:

Griffiths, John (sibling)
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Personal Quote:

I know actors who hold parties simply because they have an audition, which is tragic. See more »

Trivia:

He was educated at a catholic school which later became Manchester Polytechnic. See more »

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