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Richard Griffiths

'Harry Potter' Star

Dead at 65

3/29/2013 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0329_richard_griffiths_gettyRichard Griffiths -- the British actor who played Harry Potter's Uncle Vernon in the popular movies -- died Thursday following heart surgery in England. He was 65.

In addition to starring in the Potter films, Griffiths won a Tony for his role in "The History Boys" and starred alongside Daniel Radcliffe in "Equus" in 2007.

Radcliffe released a statement yesterday saying, "Richard was by my side during two of the most important moments of my career ... I was proud to say I knew him."

Griffiths' most recent performance was last year in a West End production of Neil Simon's comedy "The Sunshine Boys" that also starred Danny DeVito.

Griffiths is survived by his wife, Heather Gibson.

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TT    

RIP Richard

572 days ago
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BerbaGirl    

Rest in peace Mr. Griffiths...

572 days ago
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StevieTalentz    

RIP big guy :'(

572 days ago
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awesomewave    

Gone to the big Pie in the Sky... RIP

572 days ago
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MsRichards    

Loved him in the Harry potter movies ... RIP

572 days ago
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bumph    

RIP uncle monty.

572 days ago
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whatever3    

Never heard of him.

572 days ago
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MysticalFlute    

RIP Uncle Vernon. :(

572 days ago
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Bridget    

Loved to hate his character in the Potter movies. He did such a great job in that role. My sympathies to his family and friends. Rest in Peace.

572 days ago
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Hgraves    

That's a shame. RIP.

572 days ago
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Criss    

That sucks.

572 days ago
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whateveryou    

As long as the Potter movies are around he'll be remembered. :)

572 days ago
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Carl    

RIP. I bet anything this could have been prevented if he controlled his weight. The fat guy look is great for certain humorous roles but in real life it is a very serious thing.

572 days ago
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James R. - Los Angeles    

He will be remembered.

572 days ago
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bbb1bbb2    

I thought He Played Uncle Vernon Doursley ( Misspelled ) Perfectly and He was good in King Ralph 2. My Thoughts and Prayers r With Mr. R. Griffiths Family, 2 . Again I just wanted 2 Thank Him 4 bring Uncle Vernon 2 Life 4 All Of Us Harry Potter Fans . May God Bless U 2 Mr. Griffths.

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