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Richard Griffiths of ‘Harry Potter’ Dead After Heart Surgery Complications

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Richard Griffiths, who is best known for playing Uncle Vernon in the “Harry Potter” series, died on Thursday after suffering complications from heart surgery. Griffiths was 65.

Fellow “Harry Potter” stars remember the British veteran actor as being a mentor and having a great sense of humor.

“In August 2000, before official production had even begun on ‘Potter’, we filmed a shot outside the Dursleys’, which was my first-ever shot as Harry. I was nervous and he made me feel at ease,” Daniel Radcliffe said in a statement. “Seven years later, we embarked on ‘Equus’ together. It was my first time doing a play, but, terrified as I was, his encouragement, tutelage and humor made it a joy. In fact, any room he walked into was made twice as funny and twice as clever just by his presence. I am proud to say I knew him.”

Harry Melling, who played Vernon’s son Dudley Dursley, took to Twitter to remember on-screen dad.

“Sad news today. What a beautiful man. Beautiful actor. Thoughts and love to anyone who was lucky enough to have listened to one of his stories,” he wrote.

Griffiths made name for himself as an actor long before “Harry Potter,” appearing in films like “Chariots of Fire,” “Gandhi,” “The Legend of Tarzan,” and “The Naked Gun 2 1/2.” He also spent time on television starring in BBC’s “Pie In the Sky” in the ’90s, and was well-known in the world of theater.

Griffiths is survived by his wife of 33 years, Heather Gibson.

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