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'Harry Potter' actor Richard Griffiths dies at 65

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From the Associated Press. RIP to a great actor.

Richard Griffiths, a versatile British actor who won a Tony Award for "The History Boys" and played the boy wizard's unsympathetic Uncle Vernon Dursley in the "Harry Potter" movies, has died. He was 65.

Agent Simon Beresford announced Friday that Griffiths died a day earlier of complications following heart surgery at University Hospital in Coventry, central England.

He paid tribute to Griffiths as "a remarkable man and one of our greatest and best-loved actors."

Griffiths appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows, but will be most widely remembered as a pair of contrasting uncles — flamboyant Uncle Monty in 1980s cult classic "Withnail and I" and the hero's grudging Muggle guardian in the "Harry Potter" series.

Griffiths once said he liked playing Uncle Vernon "because that gives me a license to be horrible to kids."

But "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe paid tribute to the actor, saying "I was proud to say I knew him."

In 2007 he appeared in a London and Broadway production of "Equus" alongside the then 17-year-old Radcliffe.

"Richard was by my side during two of the most important moments of my career," Radcliffe said Friday.

"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 humor made it a joy.

"In fact, any room he walked into was made twice as funny and twice as clever just by his presence."

Griffiths is survived by his wife, Heather Gibson.

 

 

 

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