UPDATED: Daniel Radcliffe leads tribute to dead Harry Potter actor Richard Griffiths
Richard Griffiths, the actor who played Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter series of movies, has died aged 65.
Mr Griffiths died Thursday from complications following heart surgery, according to friends who announced the news Friday morning.
The British actor had a long and successful career in TV but was also a Tony award winner.
He featured in all of the mega-successful movie adaptions of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books.
Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry Potter, lead tributes to Mr Griffiths on Friday morning.
“Richard was by my side during two of the most important moments of my career,” he said.
“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.
“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 humour 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.”