Richard Griffiths Biography

Birthday: 1947-07-31
Place of Birth: Thornaby-on-Tees, Cleveland
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
Wiki Biography: British character actor Richard Griffiths came from radio and the classical stage where he built up an early reputation as a Shakespearean clown, with larger-than-life portrayals of Henry VIII, Falstaff in "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and Bottom in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with the Royal Shakespeare Company just a few of his standout credits. The son of deaf parents, he learned sign language at an early age and, interestingly enough, developed a talent for dialects which allowed him to show off in a number of ethnic portrayals. In films from 1975 both here and abroad, his better roles have been in both contemporary and period pieces, such as Gorky Park (1983), Withnail & I (1987), King Ralph (1991), Guarding Tess (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999) and recently the 'Harry Potter' series as Uncle Vernon Dursley. Typically cast as comic relief in serious fare, he is well known in England for a number of comedy series including "Pie in the Sky" (1994).

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Bedtime Stories Barry Nottingham 2000 - 2000 Comedy
Gormenghast Swelter 2000 - 2000 Adventure
A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa Santa Claus 2008 Comedy
War Hero In My Family Brian Beazely 2012 Documentary
Sleepy Hollow Magistrate Philipse 2013 Action
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Gorky Park Anton 1984 Drama, Thriller, Crime
Greystoke - The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes 1984 Adventure, Drama, Romance
A Private Function 1985 Comedy
Withnail and I Monty 1986
Shanghai Surprise 1986 0, Comedy
The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear Dr. Albert S. Meinheimer / Earl Hacker 1991 Comedy, 0
King Ralph 1991 Comedy, Romance
Blame It on the Bellboy Maurice Horton 1992
Guarding Tess 1994 0, Game Show
Funny Bones 1995 Comedy, Drama
Sleepy Hollow Magistrate Philipse 1999 Reality Tv, 0, 0, Game Show
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Uncle Vernon Dursley 2002 0, 0
The Brides in the Bath Sir Edward Marshall-Hall 2003 Crime, Drama, Mystery
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Uncle Vernon 2004 0, 0
Stage Beauty Sir Charles Sedley 2004 0, Biography
The History Boys Hector 2006 0
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Uncle Vernon Dursley 2007 0, 0, 0, Game Show
Bedtime Stories Barry Nottingham 2008 Biography, 0, 0, 0
Ballet Shoes Great Uncle Matthew 2008 0
Jackboots on Whitehall Hermann Goering 2010 Drama, 0, Romance
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Vernon Dursley 2010 0, 0, 0
National Theatre Live: The Habit of Art Fitz / W.H. Auden 2010 Comedy, Drama
Opa! 2010 Comedy
Private Peaceful The Colonel 2012 0, Biography