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Richard Griffiths passes away

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MUMBAI: Following complications after a heart surgery, Harry Potter actor Richard Griffiths expired on Thursday. He was 65.
 
Griffiths was one of the great British stage actors of his generation, a heavy man with a light touch, whether in Shakespeare or Neil Simon. But for millions of movie fans, he will always be grumpy Uncle Vernon, the least magical of characters in the fantastical Harry Potter films.
 
Paying a tribute to Griffiths, Daniel Radcliffe said, "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.‘‘
 
In his earlier days, Griffiths won a Tony Award for The History Boys and appeared in dozens of films and TV shows. But he will be most widely remembered as a pair of contrasting uncles: Harry Potter‘s Uncle Vernon Dursley and Uncle Monty in cult film Withnail and I.
 
Griffiths was among a huge roster of British acting talent to appear in the Harry Potter‘ series of films released between 2001 and 2011.

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