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Richard Griffiths dies at 65; actor appeared in 'Harry Potter' and 'The History Boys'

Richard Griffiths dies at 65; actor appeared in 'Harry Potter' and 'The History Boys'

Richard Griffiths, the nimble British character actor best known to American audiences as cantankerous, wizard-fearing Uncle Vernon in the blockbuster Harry Potter films, died Thursday at a hospital in Coventry, England. He was 65.

The cause was complications from heart surgery, his agent, Simon Beresford, told British media.

A veteran of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Griffiths was a man of impressive girth whose rotundity belied the physical and emotional deftness that characterized his best performances on stage and screen.


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