Sad news washed ashore today: British acting veteran Richard Griffiths has passed away at age 65.
The actor, famous for his role as the unpleasant Uncle Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter films, died Thursday from complications post-heart surgery.
Griffiths was a recipient of the Laurence Olivier Award, Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award and a Tony Award for his outstanding performance in the play The History Boys. The play was later adapted to the critically acclaimed film of the same name.
The boy wizard himself, Daniel Radcliffe, paid his respects to the late actor through an issued statement, praising Griffiths for his mentorship.
"In August 2000, before official production had even begun on Potter, we filmed a shot outside the Dursleys', which was my first-ever shot as Harry," read the statement. "I was nervous, and he made me feel at ease."
Radcliffe continued: "Seven years later, we embarked on Equus together. It was my first time doing a play, but, terrified as I was, his encouragement, tutelage and humor made it a joy. In fact, any room he walked into was made twice as funny and twice as clever just by his presence. I am proud to say I knew him."
Griffiths is survived by his wife, Heather Gibson. Our condolences to all who knew him. We believe a Harry Potter movie marathon is in order.
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