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Griffiths, Richard (I) Biography




biography of Griffiths, Richard (I)

31 July 1947, Thornaby-on-Tees, North Yorkshire, England, UK
5' 9"
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)_ (qv), _Withnail & I (1987)_ (qv), _King Ralph (1991)_ (qv), _Guarding Tess (1994)_ (qv), _Sleepy Hollow (1999)_ (qv) 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)_ (qv).
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-   Was considered by producers for the role of "The Doctor" in _"Doctor Who" (1963)_ (qv), had the series' original run continued past 1989.

-   2004 - Won the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Hector in The History Boys at the National Theatre (Lyttleton) (London).

-   Parents died at the end of 1976.

-   November 2005: Was performing in the stage play "Heroes" in London's Wyndham Theatre when a lady's mobile phone kept ringing in the audience. After it rang a third time, he stopped the play and - to loud applause - had her ejected from the theatre.

-   He was awarded the 2006 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his performance as "Hector" in Alan Bennett's "The History Boys."

-   Won the 2006 Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award for Best Actor in A Leading Role in a Play for "The History Boys." The presenter of the award to Griffiths was Julia Roberts.

-   June 2005: he ordered a man out of the National Theatre, London, when his mobile phone went off for the sixth time during a performance of Alan Bennett's "The History Boys". The actor stopped in the middle of his lines, fixed the offender with an icy stare and said: "I am asking you to stand up, leave this auditorium and never, ever come back". Other members of the audience applauded as the man left the theatre.

-   May 2006: When a mobile rang out for the third time during his performance as Hector, a teacher, in Alan Bennett's The History Boys at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York, Griffiths rounded on the theatregoer and thundered: "I am not going to compete with these electronic devices. You were told to turn them off by the stage manager; you were told it was against the law. If we hear one more phone go off, we'll quit this performance. You have been warned."

-   Has at least twice played a dual role, once in "Whoops! Apocalypse" as a replacement Premier Dubienkin (as well as the original), and in "Naked Gun 2 1/2" as Dr. Meinheimer and impersonator Earl Hacker.

-   He was awarded the O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2008 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to drama.

-   Gave the commencement speech to the Oxford University Class of 2008.


-   Played Hector in "The History Boys", a new play by 'Alan Bennett (I)' (qv) - National Theatre, London (June 2004)/ Australia (2006)/ Hong Kong (2006)/ Broadhurst Theatre, New York City (2006).

-   Appeared in the play "Heroes" at the Wyndham's Theatre, London (December 2005).

-   (2007) Played "Martin Dysart" in "Equus" by 'Peter Shaffer' (qv) opposite 'Daniel Radcliffe' (qv) - Gieldgud Theatre, London (2007).

-   September 2008: Played "Martin Dysart" in 'Peter Shaffer' (qv)'s play "Equus" opposite 'Daniel Radcliffe' (qv), directed by Thea Sharrock - Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, NY, USA. Finished on February 8, 2009.

-   (1986) He acted in 'Julian Mitchell (I)' (qv)'s play, "After Aida", at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with 'Ian Charleson' (qv), 'Gemma Jones (I)' (qv), and 8 British Opera Singers (Welsh National Opera production of a play about Verdi and Boito) in the cast.

-   (1994) He acted in Sir 'David Hare (I)' (qv)'s stage adaptation of 'Bertolt Brecht' (qv)'s play, "The Life of Gailileo", at the Almeida Theatre in London, England with 'Alfred Burke' (qv) and 'Michael Gough (I)' (qv) in the cast. 'Jonathan Kent (I)' (qv) was the director.

-   (1998) He acted in 'Yasmina Reza' (qv)'s play,, "Art", at the Wyndham's Theatre in London, England with 'Malcolm Storry' (qv) and 'Tony Haygarth' (qv) in the cast. 'Matthew Warchus' (qv) was the director.

-   (1975) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Macbeth," at the Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Aldwych Theatre in London, England with Nicol Williamson, Helen Mirren, Patricia Hayes, Frank Thornton, Gordon Jackson, Benedict Taylor, Malcolm Tierney, Matthew Guinness, Angela Phillips, Ian McDiarmid, and Ron Pember in the cast. Trevor Nunn was director.

-   (1975) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Twelfth Night," at the Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Aldwych Theatre in London, England with Jane Lapotaire, Nicol Williamson, David Waller, Frank Thornton, Patricia Hayes, and Anthony O'Donnell in the cast. Peter Gill was director.

-   (1977) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "A Midsummer's Night Dream," in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with Patrick Stewart, Duncan Preston, Pippa Guard, and Paul Whitworth in the cast. Trevor Nunn was director.

-   (1977) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "The Comedy of Errors," in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with Judi Dench, Roger Rees, Mike Gwilym, MIchael Williams, Nickolas Grace, Pippa Guard, John Woodvine and Griffith Jones in the cast. Trevor Nunn was director.

-   (1977) He acted in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s play, "A Midsummer's Night Dream", in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Aldwych Theatre in London, England with 'Patrick Stewart (I)' (qv) and 'Peter Woodward (I)' (qv) in the cast. 'Trevor Nunn' (qv) was the director.

-   (1978) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "The Tempest," in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with Michael Hordern, Alan Rickman, David Suchet, and Ian Charleson in the cast. Clifford Williams was director.

-   (1978) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "A Midsummer's Night Dream," in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Aldwych Theatre in London, England with Patrick Stewart, Peter Woodward, Dexter Fletcher, Carmen Du Sautoy, Griffith Jones, Pippa Guard, and Duncan Preston in the cast. John Barton and Gillian Lynne were directors.

-   (1978) He acted in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s play, "Love's Labour's Lost", in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with 'Ian Charleson' (qv), 'Alan Rickman' (qv), 'Jane Lapotaire' (qv), 'Michael Hordern' (qv), 'Paul Whitworth' (qv), 'Michael Pennington (I)' (qv), 'Carmen Du Sautoy' (qv), 'Ruby Wax' (qv), 'Paul Brooke (I)' (qv) and 'David Suchet' (qv) in the cast. 'John Barton (II)' (qv) was the director.

-   (1978) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Antony and Cleopatra," in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with Alan Howard, Glenda Jackson, Alan Rickman, Jonathan Pryce, Patrick Stewart, David Suchet, Paola Dionisotti, and Juliet Stevenson in the cast. Peter Brook was director.

-   (1978) He acted in 'Charles Wood (III)' (qv)'s play, "Dingo", in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Royal Shakespeare Company Warehouse Theatre in London, England with 'Greg Hicks (I)' (qv), 'Ian McDiarmid' (qv) and 'Alfred Molina' (qv) in the cast. Barry Kyle was the director.

-   (1979) He acted in 'Moss Hart' (qv) and 'George S. Kaufman' (qv)'s play, "Once in a Lifetime", in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at Aldwych Theatre in London, England with 'Zoë Wanamaker' (qv), 'Peter McEnery' (qv), 'John Nettles (II)' (qv), 'Juliet Stevenson' (qv), 'David Suchet' (qv) and 'Ian Charleson' (qv) in the cast. 'Trevor Nunn' (qv) was the director.

-   (August 1980) He acted in 'Moss Hart' (qv) and 'George S. Kaufman' (qv)'s play, "Once in a Lifetime", in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Piccadilly Theatre in London, England with 'Zoë Wanamaker' (qv), 'Paul Greenwood (I)' (qv) and 'Geoffrey Freshwater' (qv) in the cast. 'Trevor Nunn' (qv) was the director.

-   (1983) He acted in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s play, "King Henry The Eighth", in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with 'John Thaw' (qv) and 'Gemma Jones (I)' (qv) in the cast. 'Howard Davies (I)' (qv) was the director.

-   (1986) He acted in Julian Mitchell's play, "After Aida," in a Welsh National Opera Production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Ian Charleson, Gemma Jones, Malcolm Storry, Elizabeth Collier, Christine Teare, Beverley Mills, Wendy Verco, John Harris, Mark Hamilton, Henry Newman, Steven Page, Martin Andre, and Michael Lloyd in the cast.

-   (17 May - 28 July 2012) Appearing as Al Lewis opposite 'Danny DeVito' (qv)'s Willie Clark in 'Neil Simon (I)' (qv)'s "The Sunshine Boys" as directed by 'Thea Sharrock' (qv) (Savoy Theatre, London).

-   (August 11- October 9, 1999) He played Sheridan Whiteside in Kaufman and Hart's "The Man Who Came to Dinner" at the Chichester Festival Theatre, with Eve Matheson, Issy Van Randwyck, Seamus Gubbins, John Guerrasio, Amanda Boxer, Christopher Luscombe, Miranda Raison, David Henry, Robert Austin, Nolan Hemmings, and Sarah Crowden in the cast. Joe Dowling was the director.


-   'I hate being the subject of photographs.

-   I've always hated the way I looked...

-   Winning is something you've dreamed about and hoped for, so that when you get there it's no big deal. But if you lose you're gutted, and the gutted sense just goes on, and I know what that's like, because I've been having that gutted feeling since 1979.

-   (On Uncle Vernon from the Harry Potter movies) "Vernon distrusts Harry completely and is always concerned that he is going to do something strange at any moment. That is Vernon's biggest fear - he doesn't want anything strange happening that the neighbours might see."

-   If I had my way, all actors over 55 would be issued a 3-lb. wet salmon with which to slap the face of every young, beautiful, successful upstart. 'That's for being so lucky, you bastard!' I would shout. And then, hit them again, if you can.


-   (September 2004) Replaced the late 'Richard Vernon (II)' (qv) as Slartibartfast in the new "Tertiary Phase" episodes of "The Hitch Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy" BBC4 radio series, adapted from the late 'Douglas Adams' (qv)' books 3-5 of the "trilogy". Phase 4 ("Quandary") is slated for 2005, with phase 5 ("Quintessential") to follow.

-   (February 2007) Acting in the play "Equus" with Daniel Radcliffe, who he is also acting with in the Harry Potter films.

-   (December 2007) Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England

-   (November 2009) Appearing as "Fitz" and "W.H. Auden" in the world premiere of "The Habit of Art" by Alan Bennett at the Lyttleton Theatre in the National Theatre, London.


-   "Radio Times" (UK), 16 November 1996, Vol. 291, Iss. 3799, pg. 122, by: Nicki Household, "My kind of day"

-   "Radio Times" (UK), 27 January 1996, Vol. 288, Iss. 3757, pg. 14-15, by: Andrew Duncan, "'The world is a complete and utter mystery to me'"


-   "The Independent Newspaper Extra" (UK), 11 October 2006, pg. 15, by: Gerard Gilbert, "A touch of class"

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