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Birth information

31 July 1947 Thornaby-on-Tees, North Yorkshire, England, UK

Death information

28 March 2013 University Hospital, Coventry, West Midlands, England, UK

Given Name

Richard Thomas Griffiths

How tall is Richard Griffiths?

1.75 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Heather Gibson

Life Story of Richard Griffiths

British character actor Richard Griffiths came from radio and the classical stage where he built up an early reputation as a Shakespearean clown, with larger-than-life portrayals of Henry VIII, Falstaff in "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and Bottom in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with the Royal Shakespeare Company being just a few of his standout credits. He was brought up in a council flat in less than prosperous conditions, the son of deaf and volatile parents in a dysfunctional family setting. He had to learn sign language at an early age. His world did not include television and he had to explain to his father what music sounded like. Despite these obstacles, Griffiths developed a talent for dialects which later allowed him to shine in a number of ethnic portrayals. In films from 1975 on both sides of the Atlantic, his better roles have been in both contemporary and period pieces, such a Gorky Park (1983), Withnail & I (1987), King Ralph (1991), Guarding Tess (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999) and recently the 'Harry Potter' series as Uncle Vernon Dursley. In a 2007 interview Griffiths declared "I like playing Vernon Dursley in Harry Potter because that gives me a licence to be...

What movies did Richard Griffiths play or participate?

Actors Filmography
About Time (2013) Lawyer in play, Private Peaceful (2012) The Colonel, The Hollow Crown (2012) Duke of Burgundy, George and Bernard Shaw (2011) Bernard, Hugo (2011) Monsieur Frick, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) King George, Episodes (2011) Julian Bullard, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) Vernon Dursley, Jackboots on Whitehall (2010) Hermann Goering, National Theatre Live: The Habit of Art (2010) Fitz / W.H. Auden, Bedtime Stories (2008) Barry Nottingham, A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (2008) Santa Claus, Ballet...

Birth information

31 July 1947 Thornaby-on-Tees, North Yorkshire, England, UK

Death information

28 March 2013 University Hospital, Coventry, West Midlands, England, UK

Given Name

Richard Thomas Griffiths

How tall is Richard Griffiths?

1.75 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Heather Gibson

Life Story of Richard Griffiths

British character actor Richard Griffiths came from radio and the classical stage where he built up an early reputation as a Shakespearean clown, with larger-than-life portrayals of Henry VIII, Falstaff in "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and Bottom in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with the Royal Shakespeare Company being just a few of his standout credits. He was brought up in a council flat in less than prosperous conditions, the son of deaf and volatile parents in a dysfunctional family setting. He had to learn sign language at an early age. His world did not include television and he had to explain to his father what music sounded like. Despite these obstacles, Griffiths developed a talent for dialects which later allowed him to shine in a number of ethnic portrayals. In films from 1975 on both sides of the Atlantic, his better roles have been in both contemporary and period pieces, such a Gorky Park (1983), Withnail & I (1987), King Ralph (1991), Guarding Tess (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999) and recently the 'Harry Potter' series as Uncle Vernon Dursley. In a 2007 interview Griffiths declared "I like playing Vernon Dursley in Harry Potter because that gives me a licence to be...

What movies did Richard Griffiths play or participate?

Actors Filmography
About Time (2013) Lawyer in play, Private Peaceful (2012) The Colonel, The Hollow Crown (2012) Duke of Burgundy, George and Bernard Shaw (2011) Bernard, Hugo (2011) Monsieur Frick, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) King George, Episodes (2011) Julian Bullard, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) Vernon Dursley, Jackboots on Whitehall (2010) Hermann Goering, National Theatre Live: The Habit of Art (2010) Fitz / W.H. Auden, Bedtime Stories (2008) Barry Nottingham, A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (2008) Santa Claus, Ballet...

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Richard Griffiths and Teresa Palmer in Bedtime Stories (2008)

Was considered by producers for the role of "The Doctor" in Doctor Who (1963), had the series' original run continued past 1989.

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Richard Griffiths and Russell Brand in Bedtime Stories (2008)

2004 - Won the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Hector in "The History Boys" at the National Theatre (Lyttleton) (London).

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Richard Griffiths in Bedtime Stories (2008)

November 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.

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Richard Griffiths in Sleepy Hollow (1999)

He was awarded the 2006 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his performance as "Hector" in Alan Bennett's "The History Boys.".

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Jeffrey Jones, Michael Gough, Ian McDiarmid, Michael Gambon, Richard Griffiths, etc.

Won 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.

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Johnny Depp and Richard Griffiths in Sleepy Hollow (1999)

June 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.

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Johnny Depp, Jeffrey Jones, Michael Gough, Ian McDiarmid, Michael Gambon, etc.

May 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."

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Jeffrey Jones, Michael Gough, Ian McDiarmid, Miranda Richardson, Michael Gambon, etc.

Has, 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".

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Leslie Nielsen, George Kennedy, and Richard Griffiths in Die nackte Kanone 2 1/2 (1991)

He 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.

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Richard Griffiths in Superman II - Allein gegen alle (1980)

London, England: Acting in the play "Equus" with Daniel Radcliffe, who he is also acting with in the Harry Potter films. [February 2007]

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Cheryl Campbell and Richard Griffiths in Greystoke - Die Legende von Tarzan, etc.

London, 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]

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Patsy Kensit, Bryan Brown, Richard Griffiths, etc.

Replaced 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]

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Bryan Brown, Dudley Moore, and Richard Griffiths in Irren ist mörderisch (1992)

He 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.

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Bryan Brown, Dudley Moore, Bronson Pinchot, Jim Carter, Richard Griffiths, Alex Norton, etc.

The eleventh Harry Potter film series cast member to die.

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Peter O'Toole, Richard Griffiths, and Leslie Phillips in Venus (2006)

Son of Jane Griffiths (born Jane Ann Denmark on 8 December 1899) and Thomas Griffiths (born 22 July 1915) who married in 1946. Both were deaf. Both died in 1976.

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Richard Griffiths in Episodes (2011)

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Richard Griffiths in Withnail & I (1987)

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Richard Griffiths in Withnail & I (1987)

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Richard Griffiths in Withnail & I (1987)

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Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, and Richard Griffiths in Withnail & I (1987)

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Paul McGann and Richard Griffiths in Withnail & I (1987)

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Richard E. Grant and Richard Griffiths in Withnail & I (1987)

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Richard Griffiths in Private Peaceful - Mein Bruder Charlie (2012)

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Richard Griffiths in Private Peaceful - Mein Bruder Charlie (2012)

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Richard Griffiths in Private Peaceful - Mein Bruder Charlie (2012)

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Richard Griffiths in Private Peaceful - Mein Bruder Charlie (2012)

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Ben Kingsley and Richard Griffiths in Gandhi (1982)

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Richard Griffiths and Stephen Campbell Moore in Die History Boys - Fürs Leben lernen

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Sean Penn, Richard Griffiths, and Philip Sayer in Shanghai Surprise (1986)

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Pam Ferris and Richard Griffiths in Harry Potter und der Gefangene von Askaban (2004)

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Patsy Kensit, Bryan Brown, Dudley Moore, Bronson Pinchot, Jim Carter, Richard Griffiths, etc.

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Patsy Kensit, Bryan Brown, Richard Griffiths, etc.

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Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, Robert Goulet, etc.

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Leslie Nielsen and Richard Griffiths in Die nackte Kanone 2 1/2 (1991)

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Adam Sandler, Guy Pearce, Richard Griffiths, and Teresa Palmer in Bedtime Stories (2008)

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Lucy Lawless, Richard Griffiths, Adam Shankman, etc.

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