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      Richard Griffiths

      Richard Griffiths

      Highest Rated: 100% Ballet Shoes (2007)

      Lowest Rated: 9% Opa! (2005)

      Birthday: Jul 31, 1947

      Birthplace: Thornaby-on-Tees, Cleveland, England, UK

      After a career on stage and screen in his native Britain, where he was renowned as both a Shakespearean clown and a fine dramatic player, Richard Griffiths saw his profile rise across the Atlantic after portraying the lusty and life-loving Uncle Monty in the cult classic "Withnail and I" (1987). Prior to that long-remembered breakout performance, Griffiths was a frequent performer with the Royal Shakespeare Company before he began landing small, but significant roles in award-winning films like "Chariots of Fire" (1981) and "Gandhi" (1982). From there, he was the British husband of Elaine Stritch on "Nobody's Perfect" (ITV, 1980-82) and a cynical lawyer in "Gorky Park" (1983). After "Withnail and I," Griffiths delivered a memorable dual performance in "The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear" (1991) and earned a new generation of fans for his often brief, but unforgettable turn as comic villain Uncle Vernon Dursley in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (2001). While reprising the role in four of the seven films in the franchise, Griffiths maintained a steady presence on stage and screen as one of Britain's finest comedic characters actors.

      Highest rated movies

      Ballet Shoes
      Hugo
      Withnail and I
      Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
      A Private Function
      Venus
      The French Lieutenant's Woman
      Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

      Photos

      THE NAKED GUN 2 1/2: THE SMELL OF FEAR, Richard Griffiths, 1991, (c) Paramount THE HISTORY BOYS, (top) Samuel Anderson, James Corden, Stephen Campbell Moore, Richard Griffiths, Frances de la Tour, andrew Knott, Russell Towey, (bottom) Jamie Parker, Dominic Cooper, Samuel Barnett, Sacha Dhawan, 2006, (c) Fox Searchlight BLAME IT ON THE BELLBOY, back row, l-r: Bryan Brown, Richard Griffiths, Andreas Katsulas, Alex Norton, front, l-r: Bronson Pinchot, Penelope Wilton, Alison Steadman, Dudley Moore, Jim Carter, seated: Patsy Kensit, 1992. ©Buena Vista Pictures THE NAKED GUN 2 1/2: THE SMELL OF FEAR, Richard Griffiths, 1991, (c) Paramount HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN, Richard Griffiths, 2004, © Warner Brothers Richard Griffiths, Teresa Palmer, Lucy Lawless and Adam Shankman on the set of "Bedtime Stories" Richard Griffiths, Guy Pearce, Teresa Palmer and Adam Sandler in "Bedtime Stories" BRITANNIA HOSPITAL, from left: Richard Griffiths, Dandy Nichols, 1982, © United Artists Episodes, Richard Griffiths, 'Episode 1', Season 1, Ep. #1, 01/09/2011, ©SHO BLAME IT ON THE BELLBOY, Bryan Brown, Dudley Moore, Richard Griffiths, 1992 HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE, Harry Melling, Richard Griffiths, Fiona Shaw, 2001 HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE, Richard Griffiths, Daniel Radcliffe, Fiona Shaw, Harry Melling, 2001 NAKED GUN 2 1/2: THE SMELL OF FEAR, Robert Goulet, Priscilla Presley, Leslie Nielsen, Richard Griffiths, 1991, (c)Paramount Pictures HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, from left: director David Yates, Richard Griffiths, on set, 2007. Ph: Murray Close/©Warner Bros. BEDTIME STORIES, from left: Guy Pearce, Richard Griffiths, Teresa Palmer, Lucy Lawless, 2008. © Walt Disney Pictures HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, from left: Richard Griffiths, Harry Melling, Fiona Shaw, 2007. ©Warner Bros. HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, Richard Griffiths, 2007. Ph: Murray Close/©Warner Bros. PRIVATE PEACEFUL, Richard Griffiths, 2012. ©Eagle Rock Entertainment HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, from left: Richard Griffiths, Harry Melling, Fiona Shaw, 2007. Ph: Murray Close/©Warner Bros. HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, Richard Griffiths, 2007. Ph: Murray Close/©Warner Bros.

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      63% 80% One Direction: This Is Us Executive Producer $28.9M 2013
      63% 56% Private Peaceful The Colonel (Character) - 2012
      93% 78% Hugo Monsieur Frick (Character) $73.8M 2011
      33% 54% Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides King George (Character) $241.1M 2011
      44% 26% Jackboots on Whitehall Hermann Goering (Voice) - 2010
      77% 85% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Vernon Dursley (Character) $295.0M 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lost in Love Tierrney (Character) - 2009
      27% 55% Bedtime Stories Barry Nottingham (Character) $110.0M 2008
      No Score Yet 43% Letters to Santa: A Muppets Christmas Unknown (Character) - 2008
      100% 66% Ballet Shoes Great Uncle Matthew (Character) - 2007
      78% 81% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Uncle Vernon (Character) $292.0M 2007
      88% 74% Venus Donald (Character) $3.3M 2006
      65% 70% The History Boys Hector (Character) $2.7M 2006
      9% 32% Opa! Tierrney (Character) - 2005
      64% 78% Stage Beauty Sir Charles Sedley (Character) $776.7K 2004
      90% 86% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Vernon Dursley (Character) $249.4M 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Brides in the Bath Unknown (Character) - 2003
      82% 80% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Vernon Dursley (Character) $262.0M 2002
      81% 82% Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Vernon Dursley (Character) $317.9M 2001
      31% 61% Vatel Dr. Bourdelot (Character) $49.5K 2000
      70% 80% Sleepy Hollow Magistrate Samuel Philipse (Character) $101.1M 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hope & Glory Leo Wheeldon (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ted and Ralph Unknown (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In the Red Geoffrey Crichton/Potter (Character) - 1998
      63% 81% Funny Bones Jim Minty (Character) $527.0K 1995
      56% 47% Guarding Tess Frederick (Character) $26.2M 1994
      19% 39% Blame It on the Bellboy Maurice Horton (Character) $3.0M 1992
      58% 65% The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear Dr. Albert S. Meinheimer/Earl Hacker (Character) $84.3M 1991
      23% 28% King Ralph Duncan Phipps (Character) $31.3M 1991
      92% 94% Withnail and I Monty (Character) - 1987
      20% 15% Shanghai Surprise Willite Tuttle (Character) $2.2M 1986
      90% 63% A Private Function Henry Allardyce the Accountant (Character) - 1984
      73% 60% Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes Captain Billings (Character) - 1984
      78% 59% Gorky Park Anton (Character) - 1983
      83% 67% The French Lieutenant's Woman Sir Tom (Character) - 1981

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pie in the Sky Unknown (Character) 1994-1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lovejoy Unknown (Character) 1993