Sunday, 7 April 2013

In Memory of Richard Griffiths (1948-2013)

Richard Griffiths (1948-2013)

Last month, English actor
Richard Griffiths, who is known
for portraying Harry's terrible
uncle Vernon Dursley in the
'Harry Potter' film series has
passed away at the age of 65
in March 28th 2013 after
experiencing problems with
heart surgery.

Beginning about in the 70s, Richard earned a top spot at BBC Radio then working in small theatres, some acting roles and some managing. His early reputation had started out as Shakespearean comic reliefs in plays like 'The Comedy of Error's and 'The Merry Wives of Windsor' from the Royal Shakespeare company and went on to play the King in Henry VIII. He moves to Manchester eventually and began to do lead roles in play productions. He entered to appear in television and got his debut in film in 'It Should Happen to a Vet' and then during the early 80s, he stars in a television serial show from the BBC called 'Bird of Prey' and again in 1984 in its sequel. Landing in supporting roles that Richard does appear throughout his movie career are 'The French Lieutenant's Woman', 'Chariots of Fire', 'Gandhi', 'Gorky Park', 'Withnail and I', 'King Ralph' and a whole slew, in 2001 he takes the part of Vernon on the 'Harry Potter' features appearing all five of them. His Potter co-star Daniel Radcliffe, they were featured in the stage revival of Equus and later in 2009, he takes over the part of W.H. Auden which is originally meant for Michael Gambon in The Habit of Art before it premiered at the National Theatre. Griffiths also has played in adaptations in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, especially playing the Vogon Jeltz in 2005 version of 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'. In 2006, he was awarded at Teesside University for an honorary degree and in the 2008 New Year Honours where he was first appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

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