News has surfaced that acclaimed British actor, perhaps best known for his role as Vernon Dudley, Harry Potter’s mean uncle, Richard Griffiths, died on Friday. The reports claim he died from complications following heart surgery. He was only 65.
Richard Griffiths again starred with Daniel Radcliffe in the play Eguus. He did quite a lot of theatre, incluing The History Boys for which he a won a Tony. He also reprised his History Boys role in the film (if you haven’t seen it, make a plan too, BRILLIANT film).
Recently, I loved his role int he first episode of Episodes, starring Matt LeBlanc. That was a good show. A spot-on satrical look at American television and Hollywood. He plays a renowned British actor in a beloved British television show being adapted
/ruined for American TV. Even though he’s a respected British actor, he’s still required to audition for the American version, and things go horribly wrong when he’s asked to do the audition with an American accent. He loses the role to Matt LeBlanc. It’s just like he once said,
“If I had my way, all actors over 55 would be issued with a 3pound wet salmon with which to slap the face of every young, beautiful, successful upstart. ‘That’s for being so lucky, you bastard!’ I would shout. And then, hit them again, if you can.”
What a legend.
Rest in peace, old boy.
SOURCE: The Independent UK