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Richard Griffiths

Richard Griffiths recently completed the upcoming animated comedy Jackboots on Whitehall as the voice of Hermann Goering. In July 2008, he was honored by Her Majesty The Queen with an OBE (Order of the British Empire), which was presented to him at Buckingham Palace.

Griffiths is probably best known to American audiences for his portrayal of Harry's Muggle uncle, Vernon Dursley, in the Harry Potter series of films. His performance as Hector in Nicholas Hytner's film adaptation of The History Boys earned him a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actor. Other credits include Venus, Stage Beauty, Sleepy Hollow, Funny Bones, Guarding Tess, The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear, Withnail & I, A Private Function, Gorky Park, Gandhi, The French Lieutenant's Woman and the Academy Award-winning Chariots of Fire, among many others.

Griffiths opened on Broadway this fall in Equus alongside his Harry Potter co-star Daniel Radcliffe, with whom he recently starred in the West End revival of Peter Shaffer's award-winning play. He originated the role of Hector in Hytner's National Theatre production of The History Boys and earned an Olivier Award for Best Actor. Griffiths continued in the part on Broadway and won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Play. He has also performed in Heroes (West End), Luther, Heartbreak House, Galileo, Rules of the Game, Art, Katherine Howard and The Man Who Came to Dinner as well as The White Guard, Once in a Lifetime, Henry VIII, Volpone, and Red Star for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

In the UK Griffiths is well known for his work on the BBC series Pie in the Sky and Hope & Glory. Other notable TV credits include Bleak House, The Brides in the Bath, Gormenghast, In the Red, Ted & Ralph, Inspector Morse, Mr. Wakefield's Crusade, Goldeneye: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming, The Marksman, Casanova, The Cleopatras, Bird of Prey and the series Nobody's Perfect.

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Richard Griffiths Facts

BirthdayJuly 31, 1947 (75)
BirthplaceThornaby-on-Tees, England, United Kingdom

Selected Filmography

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Sleepy Hollow
Private Peaceful
King Kong
Bedtime Stories
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