Actor Richard Griffiths (b.1947) died on March 28 following heart surgery. An acclaimed stage actor, Griffiths is best known to fannish audiences for his role as Uncle Vernon in the Harry Potter films. He also appeared as Swelter in the BBC production of Gormenghast, King George in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and the voice of Jeltz in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Other genre films include Superman II, Hugo, and Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes. Griffiths received an OBE in 2008.
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