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29 March 2013 @ 10:48 pm
RIP Richard Griffiths  
Sad news this evening that magnificent character actor Richard Griffiths has died after complications from heart surgery.

He is probably best known among my flist as Uncle Vernon in the Harry Potter films, but to me he will always be Uncle Monty from Withnail and I. It came out when I was a wee lass of 20 and was nearly the end of me when I foolishly popped a Malteser into my mouth just before he fruitily declared to 'I' that 'I mean to have you, even if it must be burglary!'

A friend at the time had the misfortune to be called Monty, and after months of being greeted as 'Monty you terrible cunt!' by everyone he loved (I believe even his mother at one point), declared he wished to be known henceforth as Featherstonehaugh-Smythe, or whatever his actual, similar, surname was.

Several friends in the land of Drama worked with him over the years and declared him as charming offscreen as on: he could have tortured orphans on the weekend and I would still be mourning the loss of his talent. I was surprised to learn that he was only 65: I am six years older than Uncle Monty was. Terrifying thought indeed!

Goodbye, sir, you were a great talent and brought much joy to many.
E McGeemelusinahp on March 29th, 2013 12:50 pm (UTC)
Very sad news.
fragrantwoodsfragrantwoods on March 29th, 2013 01:02 pm (UTC)
This is a lovely tribute :-) Man, 65 seems younger every year, way too young to go. Glad he left you with fond and funny memories.
Emmaemmacmf on March 29th, 2013 03:32 pm (UTC)
65 is no age at all. So very sad.
bk7brokemybrain: Harry is gonna crybk7brokemybrain on March 29th, 2013 03:33 pm (UTC)

Oh noes....

I got to see him in Equus twice. I have to say, each time he was struggling physically due to his size and a cough(this was months apart, too). I noted the changes in stage direction to accommodate him. In one performance, the 'nurse' had to bring him a glass of water. Eeeep. Despite those distractions, he pulled every bit of humor out of those lines, and just acted the hell out of it. He looked terrible handsome, too, with his leonine beard.
At the end of one performance, Dan kept checking on him, like he was going to fall over. The level of adoration in Dan's eyes was heart-warming.
I"m so sorry he's gone.
I have "Withnal and I" in my NetFlix queue. Time to watch!
Geneva2010geneva2010 on March 29th, 2013 04:38 pm (UTC)
I remember reading that Dan learned so much from all the actors he worked with on Harry Potter, but especially he mentioned Richard as a mentor and friend. Very sad.
Melpollymel on March 29th, 2013 08:42 pm (UTC)
Every couple of years I re-fall in love with Pie In The Sky. It's food porn and crime show! It has functional relationships! What more could I want?? He sold you on whatever he did, and it was lovely. Such a talented man.
valkyrie17valkyrie17 on March 31st, 2013 03:07 am (UTC)
Forgot about Pie in the Sky. That was a great show:)
mrsquizzicalmrsquizzical on March 30th, 2013 01:25 am (UTC)

so glad i got to see him onstage in equus.
Lee Marchaisleemarchais on March 30th, 2013 06:13 am (UTC)
I love him most in Withnail and I. :) Died the same day as my dad. Sad news.
valkyrie17valkyrie17 on March 31st, 2013 03:13 am (UTC)
Sad news. Such a talented man. I remember a TV series called "A Kind of Living" which was kinda weird and kinda fun...