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Richard Griffiths

Biography

British actor most widely known for his part as Vernon Dursley, Harry’s mean-spirited uncle, within the Harry Potter film franchise. He also starred as Barry Nottingham in Disney’s Bedtime Tales. He went to Manchester Polytechnic College of Drama to review performing. He received several honours for his shows, including one for his part in THE ANNALS Boys. He’s survived by his wife Heather Gibson. He was in the kid fantastical film, Hugo, directed by Martin Scorsese.

Quick Facts


Full Name Richard Griffiths
Date Of Birth July 31, 1947
Died March 28, 2013, Coventry, United Kingdom
Place Of Birth England
Height 1.75 m
Profession Movie Actor
Education Manchester Metropolitan University
Nationality British
Spouse Heather Gibson
Parents Thomas Griffiths, Jane Griffiths
Siblings John Griffiths
Awards Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play, Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best Actor
Nominations BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy Performance
Movies Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone, Withnail and I, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The History Boys, Hugo, Sleepy Hollow, Chariots of Fire, The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear, Bedtime Stories, Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, Gorky Park, Guarding Tess, King Ralph, Ballet Shoes, Gandhi, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, A Private Function, Blame It on the Bellboy, Private Peaceful, Stage Beauty, Shanghai Surprise, Vatel, Britannia Hospital, Jackboots on Whitehall, Funny Bones, A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa, Ragtime, Venus, Breaking Glass, Opa!, The Hollow Crown: Henry V, Jeffrey Archer: The Truth, Oi! Get off our Train, Casanova, The French Lieutenant's Woman, The Brides in the Bath, The House of Angelo, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Beatrix Potter: The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends, The Comedy of Errors, In the Red, Ted and Ralph, Hope & Glory
TV Shows Pie in the Sky, A Kind Of Living, The Cleopatras, Archibald the Koala, Ffizz, Bird of Prey, TLC, Episodes, Gormenghast, Whoops Apocalypse, Hope and Glory, In the Red, Village Hall
Star Sign Leo

  • Facts
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#Fact
1The ninth Harry Potter film series cast member to die.
2He appeared in two Best Picture Academy Award winners in consecutive years: Chariots of Fire (1981) and Gandhi (1982). John Gielgud and Ian Charleson also appeared in both films.
3Replaced the late Richard Vernon as Slartibartfast in the new "Tertiary Phase" episodes of "The Hitch Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy" BBC4 radio series, adapted from the late Douglas Adams' books 3-5 of the "trilogy". Phase 4 ("Quandary") is slated for 2005, with phase 5 ("Quintessential") to follow. [September 2004]
4Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England [December 2007]
5London, England: Appearing as Fitz and W.H. Auden in the world premiere of "The Habit of Art" by 'Alan Bennett' at the Lyttleton Theatre in the National Theatre. [November 2009]
6London, England: Acting in the play "Equus" with Daniel Radcliffe, who he is also acting with in the Harry Potter films. [February 2007]
7Gave the commencement speech to the Oxford University Class of 2008.
8He was awarded the O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2008 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to drama.
9Has, at least twice, played a dual role, once in Whoops Apocalypse (1982) as a replacement "Premier Dubienkin" (as well as the original), and in The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991) as "Dr. Meinheimer" and impersonator "Earl Hacker".
10May 2006: When a mobile rang out for the third time during his performance as Hector, a teacher, in Alan Bennett's The History Boys at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York, Griffiths rounded on the theatregoer and thundered: "I am not going to compete with these electronic devices. You were told to turn them off by the stage manager; you were told it was against the law. If we hear one more phone go off, we'll quit this performance. You have been warned."
11June 2005: he ordered a man out of the National Theatre, London, when his mobile phone went off for the sixth time during a performance of Alan Bennett's "The History Boys". The actor stopped in the middle of his lines, fixed the offender with an icy stare and said: "I am asking you to stand up, leave this auditorium and never, ever come back". Other members of the audience applauded as the man left the theatre.
12Won the 2006 Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award for Best Actor in A Leading Role in a Play for "The History Boys". The presenter of the award to Griffiths was Julia Roberts.
13He was awarded the 2006 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his performance as "Hector" in Alan Bennett's "The History Boys.".
14November 2005: Was performing in the stage play "Heroes" in London's Wyndham Theatre when a lady's mobile phone kept ringing in the audience. After it rang a third time, he stopped the play and - to loud applause - had her ejected from the theatre.
15Parents died at the end of 1976.
162004 - Won the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Hector in "The History Boys" at the National Theatre (Lyttleton) (London).
17Was considered by producers for the role of "The Doctor" in Doctor Who (1963), had the series' original run continued past 1989.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
About Time2013/ILawyer in play (uncredited)
Private Peaceful2012The Colonel
The Hollow Crown2012TV SeriesDuke of Burgundy
Hugo2011Monsieur Frick
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides2011King George
Episodes2011TV SeriesJulian Bullard
George and Bernard Shaw2011TV SeriesBernard
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 12010Vernon Dursley
Jackboots on Whitehall2010Hermann Goering (voice)
National Theatre Live: The Habit of Art2010Fitz / W.H. Auden
Bedtime Stories2008Barry Nottingham
A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa2008TV MovieSanta Claus
Ballet Shoes2007TV MovieGreat Uncle Matthew
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix2007Uncle Vernon Dursley
The History Boys2006Hector
Venus2006/IDonald
Bleak House2005TV Mini-SeriesMr. Bayham Badger
Opa!2005Tierney
Princes in the Tower2005TV MovieThomas More (voice)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy2005Jeltz (voice)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban2004Uncle Vernon
Stage Beauty2004Sir Charles Sedley
The Brides in the Bath2003TV MovieSir Edward Marshall-Hall
tlc2002TV SeriesMr. Benedict Ron
Jeffrey Archer: The Truth2002TV MovieWillie Whitelaw
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets2002Uncle Vernon Dursley
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone2001Uncle Vernon Dursley
Hope & Glory2000TV SeriesLeo Wheeldon
Vatel2000Dr. Bourdelot
Gormenghast2000TV Mini-SeriesSwelter
The Vicar of Dibley1999TV SeriesBishop of Mulberry
Sleepy Hollow1999Magistrate Philipse
Ted & Ralph1998TV MovieLandowner at Party
The Animal Train1998TV ShortElephant (voice)
The Canterbury Tales1998TV SeriesSaturn
In the Red1998TV SeriesGeoffrey Crichton Potter
Archibald the Koala1998TV SeriesArchibald
Pie in the Sky1994-1997TV SeriesHenry Crabbe
Funny Bones1995Jim Minty
The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends1994-1995TV SeriesMr. Jackson / Mr. Alderman Ptolomy Tortoise / Sir Isaac Newton
Screen One1994TV SeriesBrian Beazely
Guarding Tess1994Frederick
Lovejoy1993TV SeriesHans Koopman
Inspector Morse1993TV SeriesCanon Humphrey Appleton
Mr. Wakefield's Crusade1992TV SeriesPorter
The Good Guys1992TV SeriesArchie Phillips
El C.I.D.1992TV SeriesWeatherby
Blame It on the Bellboy1992Maurice Horton
The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear1991Dr. Meinheimer Earl Hacker
Perfect Scoundrels1991TV SeriesPhil Kirby
King Ralph1991Duncan Phipps
A Kind of Living1988-1990TV SeriesTrevor Beasley
Ffizz1987-1989TV SeriesJack Mowbray
Goldeneye1989TV MovieSecond admiral
The Marksman1987TV Mini-SeriesBrown
Withnail & I1987Monty
Casanova1987TV MovieCardinal
Shanghai Surprise1986Willie Tuttle
Boon1986TV SeriesSidney Garbutt
If Looks Could Kill-The Power of Behaviour1986Video short
A Private Function1984Allardyce
Bird of Prey 21984TV SeriesHenry Jay
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes1984Captain Billings
Minder1982-1983TV SeriesAppearance by / Derek Farrow
Gorky Park1983Anton
Bergerac1983TV SeriesJean-Pierre
The Cleopatras1983TV Mini-SeriesPot Belly
The Merry Wives of Windsor1982TV MovieSir John Falstaff
Gandhi1982Collins
Five-Minute Films1982TV Series shortThe Window Cleaner
The World Cup: A Captain's Tale1982TV MovieSidney Barron
Britannia Hospital1982Cheerful Bernie
Bird of Prey1982TV SeriesHenry Jay
Whoops Apocalypse1982TV SeriesPremier Dubienkin
Ragtime1981Delmas' Assistant No. 1
Prisoners of Conscience1981TV SeriesWilliam Beausire
The French Lieutenant's Woman1981Sir Tom
Chariots of Fire1981Head Porter-Caius College
Superman II1980Terrorist #3
Nobody's Perfect1980/IITV SeriesSam Hooper
Breaking Glass1980Studio Engineer
Afternoon Off1979TV MovieFactory Boss
The Sweeney1978TV SeriesRonnie Harries
The Comedy of Errors1978TV MovieOfficer
ITV Playhouse1974-1977TV SeriesBoard member / Park keeper
Second City Firsts1977TV SeriesBedworth Hog
The Expert1976TV SeriesRipley
It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet1976Sam Broadbent
Red Letter Day1976TV SeriesWindow Cleaner
When the Boat Comes In1976TV SeriesP.C. Price
Village Hall1974TV SeriesMr. Ridealgh
Crown Court1974TV SeriesInterpreter

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
About Time2013/Ispecial thanks
Edición Especial Coleccionista2013TV Series in memory of - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Showing Up2014DocumentaryHimself
Theater Talk2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Alan Bennett and the Habit of Art2010DocumentaryHimself
Charlie Rose2006-2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The 62nd Annual Tony Awards2008TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Play
Pass It On: The History Boys on Screen2007Video documentary shortHimself
BBC London News2007TV SeriesHimself - Stage Actor
Breakfast2005-2007TV SeriesHimself
Ballet Shoes: Deleted Scenes2007Video documentary shortGreat Uncle Matthew (uncredited)
The 60th Annual Tony Awards2006TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Leading Actor in a Play
51st Annual Drama Desk Awards2006TV SpecialHimself
Working in the Theatre2006TV Series documentaryHimself - Actor
The 50 Greatest Comedy Films2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
The South Bank Show2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Head to Shrunken Head2004Video documentary shortHimself
Countdown2003TV SeriesHimself
Interviews with Professors & More2003Video documentary shortHimself
A History of Britain2001TV Mini-Series documentary
Christmas Glory 20002000TV Special documentaryReader
Sleepy Hollow: Behind the Legend2000Video documentary shortHimself / Magistrate Samuel Philipse
TFI Friday2000TV SeriesHimself
Masterchef1999TV SeriesHimself
An Audience with Victoria Wood1988TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member (uncredited)
The Shattered Dream: Employment in the Eighties1981TV Series documentaryVoice-over

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Making of the Lady in the Van2016Video documentary shortStage Role (uncredited)
The 86th Annual Academy Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Actor (In Memoriam)
20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
The 67th Annual Tony Awards2013TV Movie documentaryHimself - Actor (In Memoriam)
Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-42010Video GameUncle Vernon
Ballet Shoes: Interview with Emma Watson2007Video documentary shortGreat Uncle Matthew (uncredited)
A Taste of My Life2006TV Series documentaryHector
Making of 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'2005Video documentary shortJeltz (uncredited)
Care of Magical Creatures2004Video documentary shortUncle Vernon Dursley (uncredited)
Creating the Vision2004Video documentary shortVernon Dursley (uncredited)
The Real Vicars of Dibley2002TV MovieBishop of Mulberry (uncredited)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2007BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Actor in a Leading RoleThe History Boys (2006)
2007Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe History Boys (2006)
2007ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsActor of the YearThe History Boys (2006)
2003PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Acting EnsembleHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)· Kenneth Branagh
· John Cleese
· Robbie Coltrane
· Warwick Davis
· Rupert Grint
· Richard Harris
· Jason Isaacs
· Daniel Radcliffe
· Alan Rickman
· Fiona Shaw
· Maggie Smith
· Julie Walters
· Emma Watson


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#Quote
1I know actors who hold parties simply because they have an audition, which is tragic.
2If I had my way, all actors over 55 would be issued a 3-lb. wet salmon with which to slap the face of every young, beautiful, successful upstart. 'That's for being so lucky, you bastard!' I would shout. And then, hit them again, if you can.
3(On Uncle Vernon from the Harry Potter movies) "Vernon distrusts Harry completely and is always concerned that he is going to do something strange at any moment. That is Vernon's biggest fear - he doesn't want anything strange happening that the neighbours might see."
4Winning is something you've dreamed about and hoped for, so that when you get there it's no big deal. But if you lose you're gutted, and the gutted sense just goes on, and I know what that's like, because I've been having that gutted feeling since 1979.
5I've always hated the way I looked...
6I hate being the subject of photographs.


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