Richard Griffiths Dies at 65
March 29, 2013, 09:41 AM
Richard Griffiths, well known on screen and stage but perhaps best known to many of us as Harry Potter's Uncle Vernon Dursley, has died at age 65 from complications after heart surgery.
According to The Guardian, tributes have already begun pouring in from his co-stars, including Daniel Radcliffe:
"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," he said.
"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." (x)
Richard was born in Thornaby-on-Tees, North Yorkshire, in 1947. After studying with the Royal Shakespeare Company, he began appearing regularly on stage, television, and in movies, eventually becoming one of Great Britain's most recognizable and beloved character actors.
Among other nominations, he received a Laurence Olivier award, Drama Desk award, and Tony award for his work in The History Boys
and was nominated for a BAFTA Film Award for reprising his role in the film version. In 2008 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.
He is survived by his wife, Heather Gibson.
R.I.P Richard Griffiths. :‘( Thanks for all your great work in HP- it wouldn’t be the same if you hadn’t been Uncle Vernon.
This is horrible news and I really hope his family and friends are ok. He played Vernon amazingly and he’ll be greatly missed
Rest in peace… You will be sadly missed…
:( My condolences to his family and friends.
Rest in Peace, Richard Griffiths.
RIP. crying and watching HP1 at the moment. so young.
I am really sorry you left us, Richard Griffith. My heart goes out to your family and friends. You will be well remembered. Rest in Peace.
Richard Griffiths will definetly be missed. I’m glad he made it through to the end of the HP films bc he was the perfect Uncle Vernon. May Allah bless him and grant him mercy and peace.
Mr. Griffiths, as Vernon Dursley, personified the evil lurking within a small mind, coupled with blinkered vision. And he did it well. RIP
So sorry to hear this news. He was a great Uncle Vernon and played the part perfectly.
He will live on in the hearts of all those who remember him. Keep remembering. Always…
I think it’s kind of sad if the role of Uncle Vernon will be the one for which he is most remembered, since he did so much serious theatre in a long (though not long enough) lifetime of distinguished work. I regret that I never got an opportunity to see him onstage. Sorry to see him go, in any case.
I had the pleasure to speak with Mr. Griffith outside the theater (he was taking a smoke with some of the horses) in New York before one of the preview performances of “Equus”. He was easily approachable and casually conversational. I mentioned that when he spoke from the back of the stage the PA system did not pick up his lines. He snuffed out his cigarette, told me he would go check on what could be done, thanked me and left. If you have not yet seen him and Frances de la Tour in “Hugo” you are in for a treat. I am glad to have watched him on film and stage.