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Uncle Vernon Actor, Richard Griffiths, Dies at Age 65
Posted by Megs

It is with a very heavy heart that we type this post.  Richard Griffiths, best known to us as Uncle Vernon in the Harry Potter series, has passed away last night at age 65. He died of complications following heart surgery.  Sir Nicholas Hytner, director of the National Theatre, said Griffiths’s unexpected death would devastate his “army of friends”. He said: “Richard Griffiths wasn’t only one of the most loved and recognisable British actors – he was also one of the very greatest.”

Daniel Radcliffe also stated, “Richard was by my side during two of the most important moments of my career [Harry Potter and Equus]. I was proud to know him.”

Richard has had a long career in film, television and theatre and was awarded an OBE in 2008 for his service to drama.  Fellow Potter actor Warwick Davis had this to say about Griffiths: “You got a great deal of support (as an actor) for having Richard about. He was lovely, he would always make time for his fans, that’s what makes a great actor, it’s about having a good persona.”

Thank you Richard, for all the joy you have given fans throughout your career. You will always be remembered.

The telegraph has posted a short video montage of Richard in his most well known roles:

Filed Under: Richard Griffiths
Potter Cast Talks to Radio Times
Posted by Megs

In the July issue of Radio Times many of the Potter actors talked about their memories and experiences working on the Harry Potter films. You can see scans in the gallery thanks to SnitchSeeker!

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Bonnie Wright, Matthew Lewis, Tom Felton, Helena Bonham Carter, Helen McCrory, Jason Isaacs, Timothy Spall, John Hurt, Rhys Ifans, Robbie Coltrane, Maggie Smith, Gary Oldman, Richard Griffiths, Robert Pattinson, Pam Ferris, Zoe Wanamaker, and David Tennant all talk about the films. (Thanks to SS for the lovely list so I didn’t have to type it)

Filed Under: Bonnie Wright, Daniel Radcliffe, Deathly Hallows, Emma Watson, Gary Oldman, Harry Potter Films, Helen McCrory, Jason Isaacs, Matthew Lewis, Richard Griffiths, Robbie Coltrane, Robert Pattinson, Rupert Grint, Timothy Spall, Tom Felton
Rupert Grint and Richard Griffiths Talk Award Show Snubs
Posted by Megs

In a new interview Rupert Grint and Richard Griffiths discuss the fact that they haven’t won many awards for the Harry Potter films.

Today Grint, 22, said the cast have all but given up hope of being honoured at the Academy Awards, while veteran actor Richard Griffiths, who plays Vernon Dursley in the series, said he believed “something is going on”. When asked why the franchise had not received major nominations again, Grint said: “We don’t expect it.”

Laurence Olivier and Tony award-winner Griffiths, 63, said: “It’s sad it’s only technical awards and not artistic ones. It’s the biggest movie phenomenon on the planet. I remember when ET was the highest earning movie of all time – $870 million. With Harry Potter, you’re talking $6 billion. Guys? Something’s going on! Why don’t you honour it?”

So far, the franchise has been nominated for nine Oscars in technical categories, but has not won one. The six movies have also been snubbed at the Baftas, having been nominated for 20 awards in total, predominantly for technical categories. They have only won one – best production design for Goblet Of Fire.

The final film, Deathly Hallows Part 2, is due for release in July and will be the saga’s final shot at Oscar glory. Grint said: “Either way, the final movie will be huge. We did some re-shoots at the end of the year. We’re really going to go out with a bang. That’s everyone’s goal really. It’s kind of going to be pretty epic.” He praised the achievements of the technical crew, saying: “It would be great to see the technical [team receive] recognition. They devote their whole lives to it.”

Filed Under: Deathly Hallows, Richard Griffiths, Rupert Grint
Richard Griffiths Starring in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Posted by Megs

Richard Griffiths (Vernon Dursley) will be playing King George II in the newest installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, On Stranger Tides.  The film will be released on May 20, 2011 and the first trailer for the film has appeared online tonight via Yahoo Movies.  Richard isn’t in the trailer, but it is definitely worth the watch.

Filed Under: Richard Griffiths
Potter Stars Participate in National Doodle Day!
Posted by Megs

A bunch of Harry Potter stars have taken part in this year’s National Doodle Day by drawing a doodle that will be sold for charity! Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley), Ian Hart (Professor Quirrel) Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom), Miriam Margolyes (Professor Sprout), Richard Griffiths (Uncle Vernon), Roger Lloyd Pack (Barty Crouch Sr.), Katie Leung (Cho Chang), Oliver Phelps (George Weasley) and Dave Legeno (Fenrir) have participated!

Visit the National Doodle Day website to see a gallery of all doodles that were donated.The doodles will be auctioned off tomorrow, March 5th, on eBay. (I will update this with a link to the doodles when they are on ebay)

Thanks to Leaky for the info!

UPDATE: Go here to bid on the auctions!

Filed Under: Bonnie Wright, James and Oliver Phelps, Katie Leung, Matthew Lewis, Richard Griffiths
Griffiths Replacing Gambon in a Play
Posted by Megs

According to the Official London Theater Guide, Richard Griffiths (Uncle Vernon) will be replacing Michael Gambon (Dumbledore) in Alan Bennett’s new play The Habit Of Art due to Michael being ill. Frances De La Tour (Madame Maxime) is also in the play.

Nicholas Hytner, the National Theatre’s Director, who is also directing The Habit Of Art, commented: “We’re all extremely sorry that Michael Gambon has had to withdraw from The Habit Of Art but Alan Bennett and I couldn’t be more grateful to our old friend Richard Griffiths for agreeing to take on this considerable challenge at such short notice.

“The Habit Of Art is about the business of putting a play together as much as it is about making music or poetry. Richard Griffiths will play the actor, Fitz, who plays the poet W H Auden in a play set in a rehearsal room as a group of actors work through a play about Auden and Benjamin Britten. We’re looking forward to taking creative advantage of this unexpected twist in our own rehearsal process.”

Filed Under: Michael Gambon, Richard Griffiths

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