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Mar 29 2013 12:35pm

Richard Griffiths, Vernon Dursley in Harry Potter, Dies at 65

Richard Griffiths, harry potter, vernon dursleyWe’re sad to report that well-loved British character actor, Richard Griffiths passed away yesterday due to complications arising from heart surgery. Griffiths, who is known to many Potter fans as Uncle Vernon in the films, is also know for parts played in Sleepy Hollow, Pirates of the Caribbean 4, Hugo, History Boys, and Withnail & I. He was a veteran actors of stage and screen, and will be sorely missed.

Daniel Radcliffe had this to say following the news:

“In August 2000, before official production had even begun on Potter, we filmed a shot outside the Dursleys’, which was my first ever shot as Harry. I was nervous and he made me feel at ease.

”Seven years later we embarked on Equus together. It was my first time doing a play but, terrified as I was, his encouragement, tutelage and humour made it a joy. In fact, 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."

4 comments
Stefan Jones
1. Stefan Jones
Damn, just 65.

He looked pretty awful in his last Harry Potter appearance.

I'll have to look up Withnail & I; comments on Twitter suggest he was great in that.
james Pope
2. jim162065
Very sad to hear of his passing, i really enjoyed his acting. A lot of fun watching him on the harry potter movies.
Kevin Maroney
3. womzilla
He was stunning in Equus, and I felt cheated for not having known about him for years. He will be missed.
Stefan Jones
4. voldemort lol
rip uncle vernon, missing you already. I really enjoyed all the hp he was in and being a quite big hp fan, I love him

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