Richard Griffiths

Biography

Date of Birth 31 July 1947, Thornaby-on-Tees, Cleveland, England, UK Height 5' 9" (1.75 m) Richard Griffiths is a Tony-award winning English actor who has appeared on stage, film and television. He has been awarded the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play, and the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play, all for his role in the play The History Boys. The son of deaf parents, he learned sign language at an early age in order to communicate with them. He even developed an ear for dialects that subsequently landed him several ethnic roles. In his childhood he attempted to run away from home many times. He dropped out of school at age 15 and worked as a porter for a while, but his boss eventually convinced him to go back to school. Here he decided to attend a drama class at Stockton & Billingham College. After graduating, Richard earned a spot on BBC Radio. He also worked in small theatres, sometimes acting and sometimes managing. He built up an early reputation as a Shakespearean "clown" with hilarious portrayals of Henry VIII and several other characters such as Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He eventually settled in Manchester and began to get lead roles in plays. From there he began to appear on television and then got his big break in film in It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet (1975). His more recognised roles have been in both contemporary and period pieces such as Gorky Park (1983), Withnail and I (1987), King Ralph (1991), Guarding Tess (1994), and Sleepy Hollow (1999). Recently he has been seen as Uncle Vernon in the Harry Potter series (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban). Although typically known for comic performances, he is probably best recognised, aside from Harry Potter, as Inspector Henry Crabbe, disillusioned policeman and pie chef extraordinaire, in the British Detective-drama Pie in the Sky, a role which was created specifically for him. He also made an extended appearance in the 2005 television version of Charles Dickens' Bleak House. In 2004 he originated the role of Hector (the teacher) in Alan Bennett's play The History Boys, winning the 2005 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor. During the play's subsequent United States run, he added a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, and a Tony Award. He reprised his role in the movie version which was released in October 2006. Together with Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry Potter, he will appear in a stage revival of Peter Shaffer's Equus in 2007. (This bio came from Wikipedia.com)

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Birth Name

Richard Thomas Griffiths

Birth Place

Thornaby-on-Tees, North Yorkshire, England, UK

Birth Date

7/31/1947

Death Date

3/28/2013
Known For
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Vernon Dursley

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Withnail and I

Monty

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The History Boys

Hector

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Blame It On The Bellboy

Maurice Horton

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A Private Function

Henry Allardyce the Accountant

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Shanghai Surprise

Willie Tuttle

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The Merry Wives of Windsor

Sir John Falstaff

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Sleepy Hollow: Behind the Legend

Self

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King Ralph

Phipps

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Private Peaceful

Starring In
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Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts

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An Accidental Studio

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The Lady in the Van

Sam Perry

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About Time

Lawyer in play (uncredited)

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Private Peaceful

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Hugo

Monsieur Frick

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Hugo

Monsieur Frick

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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

King George

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Vernon Dursley

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Venus & Vegas

Donald

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Jackboots On Whitehall

Hermann Goering (voice)

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Bedtime Stories

Barry Nottingham

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A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa

Santa Claus

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Ballet Shoes

Great Uncle Matthew

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Uncle Vernon Dursley

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The History Boys

Hector

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Venus

Donald

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Jeltz (voice)

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Princes in the Tower

Thomas More (voice)

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Uncle Vernon

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Stage Beauty

Sir Charles Sedley

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Uncle Vernon Dursley

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Uncle Vernon Dursley

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Sleepy Hollow: Behind the Legend

Self

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Vatel

Dr. Bourdelot

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Gormenghast

Swelter

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Sleepy Hollow

Magistrate Philipse

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Guarding Tess

Frederick

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Model by Day

Ronnie

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Blame It On The Bellboy

Maurice Horton

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The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear

Dr. Albert S. Meinheimer/Earl Hacker

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King Ralph

Phipps

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Goldeneye

Second admiral

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Withnail and I

Monty

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Shanghai Surprise

Willie Tuttle

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A Private Function

Henry Allardyce the Accountant

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Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes

Captain Billings

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Gorky Park

Anton

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Gandhi

Collins

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The Merry Wives of Windsor

Sir John Falstaff

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Britannia Hospital

Cheerful Bernie

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Ragtime

Delmas' Assistant #1

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The French Lieutenant's Woman

Sir Tom

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Chariots of Fire

Head Porter - Caius College

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Superman II

Terrorist #3

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Breaking Glass

Studio Engineer

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