Richard Griffiths
Actor
Richard Griffiths
Richard Griffiths, OBE is an English actor of stage, film and television. He has 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.
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Aisle View: <em>Liaisons</em>, What's Happened to Them?
Huffington Post - 4 months
Liev Schreiber and Janet McTeer in Les Liaisons Dangereuses Photo: Joan Marcus Christopher Hampton's 1985 stage adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos' 1782 epistolary novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses last appeared locally in a middling 2008 production starring Laura Linney and Ben Daniels at the Roundabout that was, despite the dazzling dialogue and amorous action, pretty much dull as ditchwater. Compared to which, this new production at the Booth--which originated at the Donmar Warehouse in London starring Janet McTeer, and with Liev Schreiber added to the mix for New York--rehabilitates the play's reputation. This new Liaisons, directed by the Donmar's artistic director Josie Rourke, is intelligent, colorful, and lively (mostly). Call it a solid B+. It is questionable--or perhaps dangereus?--to compare an all-new production with the original; one has to assume that the majority of the potential audience is coming to the play innocent. (In this particular case, it is al ...
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How I Discovered That Authors Never Die
Huffington Post - about 3 years
I was driving home after crossing the multitude of items off my to-do list that required vehicular motion when I saw Books-A-Million near the highway. I could not pass up the opportunity to go in. (Honestly, I really had to use the restroom, but I actually spent well over two hours in the bookstore.) I lusted over the pretty iPhone cases and the surprisingly cool collection of vinyls in the electronics section while reminiscing on the time when Books-A-Million didn't sell vinyls and nobody knew what iPhones were -- why is there an electronic section in a bookstore? -- and then I found myself walking over to the teen section. I always end up in the teen section. Even though some of the literature there is unintentionally satirical (I'm not going to name any names... but Twilight), the teen section has introduced me to novels that have changed my life, such as John Green's Looking for Alaska, Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor and Park and Ned Vizzini's It's Kind of a Funny Story. When I was co ...
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An Appreciation: Richard Griffiths' outstretched hand - Los Angeles Times
Google News - almost 4 years
The Guardian An Appreciation: Richard Griffiths' outstretched hand Los Angeles Times Richard Griffiths was an actor of enormous size. He was physically big — obese to the point of sometimes needing a cane to get around. But his mind and soul were equally large, and his eloquence was so prodigious that playwright Alan Bennett found in him ... Appreciation: 'Harry Potter' actor Richard Griffiths dies at 65USA TODAY Richard Griffiths, Falstaffian English Actor, Dies at 65New York Times RIP Richard GriffithsE! Online Washington Post -People Magazine -Contactmusic.com all 252 news articles »
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RIP Richard Griffiths - E! Online
Google News - almost 4 years
The Guardian RIP Richard Griffiths E! Online Moviegoers will certainly miss Richard Griffiths, the beloved character actor who played the callous Uncle Vernon in the Harry Potter movies. With today's news that Griffiths died at age 65 from complications due to heart surgery, take a look back at his ... Appreciation: 'Harry Potter' actor Richard Griffiths dies at 65USA TODAY Richard Griffiths, remembered by theater friendsLos Angeles Times Chin-Chin my dear friend: Richard Griffiths dies aged 65Telegraph.co.uk The Guardian -Slate Magazine (blog) -ABC News all 211 news articles »
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Harry Potter's Richard Griffiths Passes Away, Daniel Radcliffe "Proud" To Know Him
Perez Hilton - almost 4 years
Oh no, this is so sad! Iconic British thespian Richard Griffiths died Thursday at the age of 65 after experiencing complications from heart surgery. Griffiths is a renowned actor, and played the loathsome Uncle Vernon in the Harry Potter films. Costar Daniel Radcliffe remembered his friend Friday, and expressed in a statement: "I was proud to say I knew him. Richard was by my side during two of the most important moments of my career. 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. 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 humor made it a joy. In fact, any room he walked into was made twice as funny and twice as clever just by his presence." Besides starring in MANY films and tv productions, Richard was also a famed theater actor, ...
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UPDATE 1-Harry Potter actor Richard Griffiths dies after surgery
Reuters.com - almost 4 years
LONDON, March 29 (Reuters) - British actor Richard Griffiths, best known for his roles in 'Withnail and I' and the Harry Potter films, has died at the age of 65 after complications following heart surgery, his agent said on Friday.
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Richard Griffiths, Harry Potter Actor, Dies at 65
People Magazine - almost 4 years
"I was proud to know him," Daniel Radcliffe said about the actor who played Vernon Dursley
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Richard Griffiths
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 65
    Died on March 28, 2013.
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  • 2009
    Age 61
    Later, in 2009, he replaced Michael Gambon as W.H. Auden prior to the premiere of The Habit of Art at the National Theatre, once again directed by Hytner.
    More Details Hide Details Griffiths was considered for the part of the Doctor in Doctor Who, following Tom Baker's departure in 1981, but was unavailable. He was strongly considered once again to take on the role of the Eighth Doctor, had the series continued past 1989. Coincidentally, his two principal co-stars from Withnail and I — Paul McGann and Richard E. Grant — both went on to play the role in some capacity. He performed in adaptations of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, providing the voice for Slartibartfast for the radio adaptation of Life, the Universe and Everything and playing the Vogon Jeltz in the film version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. He appeared in Bedtime Stories with Adam Sandler and as a special guest in A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa. He asked a member of the audience to leave a performance of Heroes after her phone rang three times. This interruption of a performance because of audience distraction happened three times in his career.
  • 2008
    Age 60
    Together with his Harry Potter co-star Daniel Radcliffe, he appeared in a stage revival of Peter Shaffer's Equus at the Gielgud Theatre in London, and later from October 2008 in a short run of the play at the Broadhurst Theatre on Broadway, which ended in February 2009.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2006
    Age 58
    He reprised his role in the film version, which was released in October 2006.
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  • 2004
    Age 56
    In 2004, he originated the role of Hector (the teacher) in Alan Bennett's play The History Boys, directed by Nicholas Hytner, winning the 2005 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor.
    More Details Hide Details During the play's subsequent United States run, he added a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, and a Tony Award.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1985
    Age 37
    On stage, in 1985–86, he performed the role of Verdi in Julian Mitchell's After Aida, in Wales and at the Old Vic Theatre in London.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared in The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends. Griffiths' film roles were in both contemporary and period pieces, such as Gorky Park (1983), Withnail and I (1987), King Ralph (1991), The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991), Guarding Tess (1994) and Sleepy Hollow (1999). Later, he was seen as Harry Potter's cruel uncle Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter series, appearing in five of the eight films: Philosopher's Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban, Order of the Phoenix, and Deathly Hallows – Part 1. He appeared as Inspector Henry Crabbe, disillusioned policeman and pie chef extraordinaire, in Pie in the Sky, a role which was created specifically for him. He also made an extended appearance in the 2005 version of Charles Dickens' Bleak House.
  • 1982
    Age 34
    He also appeared as a British journalist in Richard Attenborough's Oscar-winning 1982 film Gandhi.
    More Details Hide Details Griffiths was born in Thornaby-on-Tees, North Riding of Yorkshire, the son of Jane (née Denmark) and Thomas Griffiths. His father was a steelworker who also fought in pubs for money, while his mother's occupation was described as "bagger". He and his brother John were raised in the Roman Catholic faith.
  • 1981
    Age 33
    In 1981, he also gave a memorable performance as Chilean secret police victim William Beausire in an edition of the BBC Prisoners of Conscience series.
    More Details Hide Details Griffiths went on to supporting roles in a number of major films, including The French Lieutenant's Woman, Chariots of Fire, and Gandhi.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1973
    Age 25
    Griffiths met Heather Gibson in 1973 and they married in 1980. They had no children. Griffiths was awarded an honorary degree from Teesside University in 2006 and was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours. Griffiths died aged 65 at the University Hospital Coventry on 28 March 2013 after complications following heart surgery.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1947
    Born
    Born on July 31, 1947.
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