Richard Griffiths has died aged 65

Withnail & I and Potter actor passes away following surgery

Richard Griffiths has died aged 65, we’re sad to report.

According to a report by the Guardian, he died following complications after heart surgery.

Known equally as well for his film and TV roles as he was for his stage work, he’ll probably be best remembered for Withnail & I and the Harry Potter series, in which he played unconventional uncles.

In the former he was Withnail’s Uncle Monty, and he took an enthusiastic shine to his nephew’s housemate. In the latter, he was Uncle Vernon, the adoptive father figure who made home-life hell for the boy wizard.

Among Griffiths’ other notable roles were teacher Hector in The History Boys (on stage and screen), a dual role in The Naked Gun 2 ½: The Smell Of Fear and the lead in TV series, Pie In The Sky.

Potter star Daniel Radcliffe (who also appeared alongside Griffiths in Equus) paid tribute, saying that “any room he walked into was made twice as funny and twice as clever just by his presence.” Richard E. Grant took to Twitter to share a farewell message:


Griffiths continued to work on high-profile films, appearing in Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Hugo in 2011.

Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.


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    • t8cmf

      Mar 29th 2013, 15:50

      RIP Richard. A great actor.

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    • thedanieljson

      Mar 29th 2013, 19:26

      It was tragic news to wake up to this morning. He was a great actor, and always seemed like a charming man too. RIP.

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    • trist808

      Mar 30th 2013, 0:12

      A legend of stage and screen, will be sadly missed :( RIP

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