Richard Griffiths, OBE (31 July 1947 – 28 March 2013) was an English actor of stage, film and television. He received the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Featured Actor and a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play, all for his role in the play The History Boys.
He is also known for his portrayal of Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter films, Uncle Monty in Withnail and I, Henry Crabbe in Pie in the Sky, and King George II in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. He also appeared as a British journalist in Richard Attenborough’s Oscar-winning 1982 film Gandhi.
Sad news on the passing of actor Richard Griffiths, whose acting I have always enjoyed in many of the numerous roles that he played. I especially remember him as the revolting character Swelter in the BBC mini series Gormenghast (2000), an adaptation of Mervyn Peake’s gothic fantasy of manners, the Gormenghast series. As Swelter he crossed swords, or rather a meat cleaver if memory serves, with Sir Christopher Lee who played Flay, and Swelter came off the worse of the two. Both actors worked in Martin Scorsese’s Hugo (2011), although I don’t believe they shared any scenes together that time round.
(Click title link for more information on Richard Griffiths, and click here for an article from the Independent. Click image for source).