Saturday, March 30, 2013

Richard Griffiths Passes Away

BBC News has reported that Richard Griffiths, the actor best known to myself and probably most in the US as Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter films, has passed away due to complications following heart surgery. He was 65.

I may have only known Griffiths for Mr. Dursley, but even that is enough. He was an amazingly good actor in that role, and in a way made it his own. In the books, you never really come to care about Mr. Dursley in any way at all, but the way Griffiths played him had a certain amount of humor to it - it made you love to hate the character rather than just outright hating him. That is quite the accomplishment in-of-itself. Godspeed Mr. Griffiths, and thank you for this role and all others you did. You will be missed.

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