'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. Griffiths penchant for comedy in the UK translated to the US as well with appearances in films like The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear, King Ralph, Guarding Tess and Bedtime Stories. Other work in genre films include Superman II, a voice in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the role of King George in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and a supporting turn in Sleepy Hollow. His most recent major turn was in Hugo from Martin Scorsese. Griffiths left a legacy of great work behind him and he will be missed. Rest in peace.