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      Peter Vaughan

      Peter Vaughan

      Highest Rated: 100% Symptoms (1974)

      Lowest Rated: 18% Haunted Honeymoon (1986)

      Birthday: Apr 4, 1923

      Birthplace: Wem, Shropshire, England, UK

      British actor Peter Vaughan enjoyed an especially distinguished career over nearly six decades, making his screen debut in Alfred Hitchcock's "The 39 Steps," and ending it on HBO's juggernaut "Game of Thrones." Born Peter Ewart Ohm on April 4, 1923, in Wem, Shropshire, UK, before his family moved to nearby Wellington. He first developed a taste for acting when reciting a poem to his elementary school class. As a teenager, he joined the Wolverhampton Repertory Theater; he was an experienced stage actor by the time World War II struck. He served Britain as a second lieutenant in the Royal Corps of Signals, seeing combat in Normandy, Belgium, and the Far East. After the war, he decided to return to acting, taking on the stage name Vaughan. His first film role was an uncredited turn as a police officer in Alfred Hitchcock's thriller "The 39 Steps" (1959). A few years of similarly small parts followed, until he scored the lead role in a b-noir picture called "Smokescreen" (1964). British critics panned his performance in "The Naked Runner" (1967) alongside Frank Sinatra. Following a small role in Sam Peckinpah's controversial thriller "Straw Dogs" (1971), Vaughan made his television debut on the sitcom "Porridge" (BBC One, 1974-77) as "Genial" Harry Grout. Though he only appeared on three episodes and the 1979 film adaptation, this would prove to be one of Vaughan's most popular roles in the UK. He went on to co-star in the 1980 adaptation of "The French Lieutenant's Woman," alongside Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons, before taking part in Bill Murray's adaptation of the W. Somerset Maugham novel "The Razor's Edge" (1984). Vaughan maintained his presence on British TV, co-starring in an adaptation of "Bleak House" (BBC, 1985), while also appearing in Terry Gilliam's "Time Bandits" (1981) and "Brazil" (1985). Vaughan took on his biggest film role as the father of Anthony Hopkins' stoic butler in the Merchant-Ivory production "The Remains of the Day" (1993). His most acclaimed television role followed, with a highly acclaimed turn as an Alzheimer's patient in "Our Friends in the North" (BBC Two, 1996). Vaughan's most high profile role was also his last: from 2011 to 2015 he portrayed Maester Aemon on "Game of Thrones" (HBO, 2011-). Peter Vaughan died on December 6, 2016, at the age of 93.

      Highest rated movies

      Symptoms poster
      Brazil poster Brazil The Remains of the Day poster The Remains of the Day Village of the Damned poster
      Village of the Damned
      Time Bandits poster
      Time Bandits
      An Ideal Husband poster
      An Ideal Husband
      The French Lieutenant's Woman poster The French Lieutenant's Woman Straw Dogs poster
      Straw Dogs




      54% 39% Albatross Grandpa (Character) - 2011
      65% 55% Is Anybody There? Bob (Character) $2.0M 2008
      62% 79% Death at a Funeral Uncle Alfie (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Christmas at the Riviera Glen (Character) - 2007
      69% 72% The Life and Death of Peter Sellers Bill Sellers (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet 26% The Queen of Sheba's Pearls Edward Pretty (Character) - 2004
      78% 63% The Mother Toots (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet 64% Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) Daddy Zoo (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 82% Hotel Splendide Morton Blanche (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 81% Canone Inverso: Making Love Old Baron Blau (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 93% Horatio Hornblower: The Wrong War Admiral Lord Hood (Character) - 1999
      85% 69% An Ideal Husband Phipps (Character) $18.5M 1999
      54% 91% The Legend of 1900 Pops (Character) $259.1K 1998
      75% 83% Les Miserables Bishop (Character) $13.9M 1998
      38% 71% Face Sonny (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 29% The Moonstone Gabriel Betteredge (Character) - 1996
      50% 28% Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent The Driver (Character) $70.4K 1996
      70% 66% The Crucible Giles Corey (Character) $7.3M 1996
      50% 38% Heart of Darkness Director (Character) - 1994
      50% 52% Fatherland SS-Oberstgruppenführer Artur Nebe (Character) - 1994
      96% 89% The Remains of the Day Father (Character) $23.0M 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Circle of Deceit Liam McAuley (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dandelion Dead Dr. Hinks (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 80% Prisoner of Honor Gen. Mercier (Character) - 1991
      65% 77% Mountains of the Moon Lord Houghton (Character) $1.4M 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Strife Unknown (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Codename: Kyril Stanov (Character) - 1988
      18% 53% Haunted Honeymoon Francis Abbot Sr. (Character) $7.5M 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry's Kingdom Sid Harris (Character) - 1986
      98% 90% Brazil Mr. Helpmann (Character) $3.7M 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Forbidden Major Stauffel (Character) - 1985
      50% 77% The Razor's Edge Mackenzie (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet 83% Coming Out of the Ice Belov (Character) - 1982
      82% 67% The French Lieutenant's Woman Mr. Freeman (Character) - 1981
      90% 77% Time Bandits Winston the Ogre (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet 83% Porridge Grouty (Character) - 1979
      71% 89% Doing Time Grouty (Character) - 1979
      100% 60% Symptoms Brady (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Return Unknown (Character) - 1973
      58% 44% The Mackintosh Man Brunskill (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Malachi's Cove Mr. Gunliffe (Character) - 1973
      44% 25% The Pied Piper Bishop (Character) - 1972
      60% 79% Savage Messiah Museum Attendant (Character) - 1972
      82% 82% Straw Dogs Tom Hedden (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet 29% Eyewitness Paul Grazzini (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet 64% Alfred the Great Burrud (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hammerhead Hammerhead (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Twist of Sand Johann (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Taste of Excitement Inspector Malling (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bofors Gun Sgt. Walker (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Why Would Anyone Want to Kill a Nice Girl Like You? Inspector Malling (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet 44% The Naked Runner Martin Slattery (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man Outside Nikolai Volkov (Character) - 1967
      50% 56% Die! Die! My Darling! Harry (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Smokescreen Unknown (Character) - 1964
      93% 77% Village of the Damned P.C. Gobby (Character) - 1960


      88% 85% Game of Thrones Maester Aemon (Guest Star) 2011 2013-2015
      82% 98% Doc Martin William Newcross (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lark Rise to Candleford Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      No Score Yet 73% Heartbeat Unknown (Guest Star) 2002 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mystery! Unknown (Character) 2001
      No Score Yet 100% Masterpiece Theatre Unknown (Character) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Our Friends in the North Felix Hutchinson (Character) 1966 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Birds of a Feather Unknown (Character) 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dandelion Dead Dr Hinks (Character) 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lovejoy Unknown (Character) 1992
      No Score Yet 100% The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sins - Del 1 Unknown (Character) 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Porridge Harry Grout (Character) 1975 1977
      No Score Yet 100% The Avengers Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet El Santo Walter Devan (Guest Star) 1964