Won Olivier and Tony awards for role in The History Boys on stage Came to prominence in Gandhi and became cult hero in Withnail and I Known to new generation of fans as Vernon Dursley in Harry Potter Co-star Daniel Radcliffe pays tribute: 'I am proud to say I knew him' By HUGO GYE PUBLISHED: 05:02 EST, 29 March 2013 | UPDATED: 07:12 EST, 29 March 2013 Richard Griffiths has died at the age of 65, it was announced today. The famed theatrical, television and film actor died yesterday after suffering complications related to heart surgery at the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire. He starred in Alan Bennett's play The History Boys and appeared in cult classic Withnail and I as the comic Uncle Monty, after getting his start with a small role in Richard Attenborough's Gandhi - but he found a new audience of fans as Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter films. Daniel Radcliffe, who played the title role in Harry Potter and also performed with Griffiths in the play Equus, led tributes to the actor.
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