Richard Thomas Griffiths, OBE (July 31, 1947 -- March 28, 2013) was an English actor. He was born in [[OopNorth North Yorkshire]] and, after a difficult childhood, studied drama in Manchester. Like many of his fellow countrymen, he started his acting career with Creator/WilliamShakespeare adaptations, playing Constable in ''Theatre/AComedyOfErrors'' and Falstaff in ''Theatre/TheMerryWivesOfWindsor'', and later starring as King Theatre/HenryVIII. After a few years on the stage, he began to appear in television and movies. His first leading role on the small screen was as Henry Jay in ''Bird of Prey''. Some of his film roles in the 1980s included appearances in ''Film/{{Gandhi}}'', ''Film/ChariotsOfFire'', ''Shanghai Surprise'', and ''Literature/GorkyPark''. His most famous film role from that time, though, was as Uncle Monty in ''Film/WithnailAndI''.

In the 1990s, Richard Griffiths appeared in more shows and movies, such as ''Film/TheNakedGun 2 and 1/2'', ''Film/KingRalph'', and ''Series/InspectorMorse''. He starred in the 1994-1997 show ''Series/PieInTheSky'' as gruff retired policeman Henry Crabbe. But his most widely seen role was as Harry Potter's cruel uncle Vernon Dursley, a role he played in five of the eight ''Film/HarryPotter'' films. The 2000s would also see his most-awarded role, as Hector in the play and movie ''Theatre/TheHistoryBoys''. He followed this up with appearances in ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', ''Theatre/{{Equus}}'', and ''HenryV''. His acting career spanned four decades.

Sadly, Richard Griffiths died in 2013 from complications after heart surgery, and was fondly remembered by his many fellow actors, such as Creator/RichardEGrant, Creator/PaulMcGann, and Creator/DanielRadcliffe.

!!Roles (selected)

* ''Theatre/AComedyOfErrors'' as Constable
* ''Theatre/TheMerryWivesOfWindsor'' as Falstaff
* ''King UsefulNotes/HenryVIII'' as King Henry VIII
* ''Film/SupermanII'' as Terrorist No. 3
* ''Film/ChariotsOfFire'' as the Caius College head porter
* ''Film/TheFrenchLieutenantsWoman'' as Sir Tom
* ''Bird of Prey'' as Henry Jay
* ''Film/{{Gandhi}}'' as Collins
* ''Literature/GorkyPark'' as Anton
* ''Shanghai Surprise'' as Willie Tuttle
* ''Film/{{Casanova}}'' as the Cardinal
* ''Film/WithnailAndI'' as Uncle Monty
* ''Film/KingRalph'' as Duncan Phipps
* ''Film/TheNakedGun 2 and 1/2: The Smell of Fear'' as Dr. Albert S. Meinheimer / Earl Hacker
* ''Series/InspectorMorse'' as Canon Humphrey Appleton
* ''Series/PieInTheSky'' as Henry Crabbe
* ''Literature/TheCanterburyTales'' as Saturn
* ''Film/SleepyHollow'' as Magistrate Philipse
* ''Series/TheVicarOfDibley'' as the Bishop of Mulberry
* ''Literature/{{Gormenghast}}'' as Swelter
* ''Film/HarryPotter'' as Uncle Vernon Dursley
* ''Theatre/TheHistoryBoys'' as Hector
* ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' as Vogon Jeltz
* ''Film/BalletShoes'' as Great-Uncle Matthew
* ''Film/AMuppetsChristmasLettersToSanta'' as SantaClaus
* ''Film/JackbootsOnWhitehall'' as Hermann Goering
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides'' as King George II
* ''Film/{{Hugo}}'' as Monsieur Frick
* ''The Sunshine Boys''
* ''Theatre/HenryV'' as the Duke of Burgundy

* BerserkButton: Whenever a cell phone went off during a play, he would [[BreakingTheFourthWall break the fourth wall]] and berate the owner of the phone for letting it disrupt the performance.
* BigFun
* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: Creator/DanielRadcliffe said that Richard Griffiths helped him feel welcome on set during the production of ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone''.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: He was almost cast as the Doctor not once, but twice, in ''Series/DoctorWho''; he was considered by producers for the Fifth Doctor when Creator/TomBaker left, and was to be cast as the Eighth Doctor had the series not been cancelled in 1989.