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Richard Griffiths: 5 Priceless Scenes with the ‘Harry Potter’ Actor
Posted By Patrick Kiger On March 30, 2013 @ 4:41 pm In Legacy | Comments Disabled
When the word “Falstaffian” is used to describe an actor, it’s usually intended as a euphemistic reference to his girth. But in Richard Griffiths’ case, he really captured the dissolute, larger-than-life outrageousness of Shakespeare’s signature rotund rascal in myriad stage and screen roles.
The British character actor, who died on March 28 at age 65 in Coventry, England, after complications from heart surgery, actually did play Falstaff in Henry IV, Part I and Part II, for the Royal Shakespeare Company. While he’s best known in the United States for his role as the villainous Uncle Vernon in the Harry Potter films, he also appeared in scores of other movies, from the 1984 thriller Gorky Park to 2011’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Here are five of Griffiths’ most memorable moments onscreen:
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