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Harry Potter actor Richard Griffiths dies aged 65
BBC News ^ | 29th March 2013 | BBC News

Posted on 03/29/2013 2:33:08 PM PDT by the scotsman

'Actor Richard Griffiths, who starred in the Harry Potter films and Withnail and I, has died at the age of 65 after complications following heart surgery.

Griffiths enjoyed a long career of success on film and on TV, but also on the stage where he was a Tony-winning character actor.

TV roles included a cookery-loving detective in Pie in the Sky.

He was best known for playing Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter films and Uncle Monty in Withnail and I.

His Harry Potter co-star Daniel Radcliffe - who also appeared on stage with him in Equus - was among the first to pay tribute, saying: "Richard was by my side during two of the most important moments of my career. I was proud to know him.

"Any room he walked into was made twice as funny and twice as clever just by his presence," he said.'

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


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1 posted on 03/29/2013 2:33:08 PM PDT by the scotsman
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To: the scotsman

I am fond of BBC/British detective and mystery shows. Many if not most of the Pie in The Sky series are on youtube, and pretty good to boot! He did an interesting job in them to not be the wham bam style detective. The Lovejoy Mysteries are still my favorites though ...


2 posted on 03/29/2013 2:41:09 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: MHGinTN

“The Lovejoy Mysteries are still my favorites though “

Mine too! When I was younger, I was a furniture restorer, so I could identify with that show. Are they re-running them?


3 posted on 03/29/2013 2:52:24 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

I don’t know. I have them all on discs and re-watch them periodically. I still have a crush on Lady Felsham ... no really! She reminds me so much of my first wife.


4 posted on 03/29/2013 3:07:53 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: the scotsman

RIP.


5 posted on 03/29/2013 3:08:53 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: the scotsman

6 posted on 03/29/2013 3:14:43 PM PDT by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: MHGinTN

7 posted on 03/29/2013 3:18:53 PM PDT by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: Bobalu

Loved him in Withnail and I. Saw him twice in London on stage and once in NYC. Had dinner with him and a group of people on two occasions. Great actor,nice man.


8 posted on 03/29/2013 3:21:19 PM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: the scotsman; tiredoflaundry; HungarianGypsy; JenB; Grendel9; dead; TwoWolves; js1138; ...

Harry Potter Ping


9 posted on 03/29/2013 3:57:00 PM PDT by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny)
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To: Bobalu

I used to get him and Peter Ustinov mixed up...


10 posted on 03/29/2013 4:38:08 PM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: the scotsman

Was he Harry’s muggle parent?


11 posted on 03/29/2013 4:45:09 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: EEGator

He was his uncle Vernon.


12 posted on 03/29/2013 4:50:41 PM PDT by SMGFan (SMGfan is not "Sub Machine Gun" fan)
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To: SMGFan

Ahh, thank you.


13 posted on 03/29/2013 4:56:44 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: the scotsman
He was great as Uncle Vernon.
Can only guess he read all the books, because he seemed to be one of the closest (in my 'minds eye') matchs to what I expected,
after reading the books, then seeing the films.
14 posted on 03/29/2013 5:18:27 PM PDT by 45semi (A police state is always preceded by a nanny state...)
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To: the scotsman

He looks familiar. Was he in “Saturday the 14th”?


15 posted on 03/29/2013 5:22:10 PM PDT by An American in Turkiye
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To: EEGator
Harry didn't have muggle parents.
16 posted on 03/29/2013 5:33:38 PM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: Durus

One of his parents was muggloid— I think it was his mothers side, hence the muggle-uncle.


17 posted on 03/29/2013 6:03:40 PM PDT by tsomer
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To: MHGinTN
"The Lovejoy Mysteries are still my favorites though ..."

Same here; have all seasons on dvd. Rather different than the books, though.

18 posted on 03/29/2013 6:07:51 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: tsomer

Harry Potter is most definitely NOT muggle-born. He is a pureblood wizard. His (witch) mother had a muggle sister, who, sadly for Harry, married Vernon Dursley.


19 posted on 03/29/2013 6:13:35 PM PDT by pettifogger
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To: MHGinTN

Ok, I’ll settle for 50$ to keep this quiet!


20 posted on 03/29/2013 6:44:31 PM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: tsomer

He wasn’t Harry’s Uncle by blood but by marriage. His Aunt was the blood relative. Regardless Harry’s mother Lily was muggleborn ie:a witch born to muggle parents.


21 posted on 03/29/2013 6:59:07 PM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: pettifogger

Technically he’s half blood, born of a pure blood and a muggle-born.


22 posted on 03/29/2013 7:00:48 PM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: Durus

I meant the family he lived with who treated him poorly.


23 posted on 03/29/2013 7:15:57 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: 45semi

He was great as GUM in Ballet Shoes, too.


24 posted on 03/29/2013 8:45:30 PM PDT by Politicalmom (Liberalism. Ideas so great they have to be mandatory.-FReeper Osage Orange)
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To: MHGinTN

I watched a few of those Pie in the Sky shows. I had to delete them when the DVR started taping them multiple ties though. They stopped using episode numbers. I have to try to catch those again PBS had them locally.


25 posted on 03/29/2013 8:50:30 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: the scotsman
I recently saw 'Hugo' (2011). Griffiths had a small part.

Frances de la Tour, Madame Maxime, was also in Hugo.

I thought the movie was very good.

imdb.com

26 posted on 03/29/2013 8:57:21 PM PDT by Daaave ("He say you blade runner.")
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To: SgtHooper

Pffft! If you told her she would probably slap you. Tell at your own risk.


27 posted on 03/29/2013 10:21:56 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Tanniker Smith

If you have the time they are available at Youtube by episode name in four or five parts each. There are free programs online which will bundle the parts together as one episode.


28 posted on 03/29/2013 10:23:48 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: pettifogger
Harry Potter is most definitely NOT muggle-born. He is a pureblood wizard. His (witch) mother had a muggle sister...

There has to be a muggle hiding in the woodpile somewhere, seems to me.

This is such a muggle-muddle!

Now I'm going to have to re-read all of those books to sort this out. Even the ones I haven't read!!

29 posted on 03/30/2013 6:37:36 AM PDT by tsomer
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