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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
63% 79% One Direction: This Is Us Executive Producer $28.9M 2013
63% 57% Private Peaceful The Colonel (Character) - 2012
33% 54% Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides King George (Character) $241.1M 2011
93% 78% Hugo Monsieur Frick (Character) $73.8M 2011
77% 85% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Vernon Dursley (Character) $295M 2010
44% 26% Jackboots on Whitehall Hermann Goering (Voice) - 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lost in Love Tierrney (Character) - 2009
27% 55% Bedtime Stories Barry Nottingham (Character) $110M 2008
78% 81% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Uncle Vernon (Character) $292M 2007
100% 66% Ballet Shoes Great Uncle Matthew (Character) - 2007
88% 74% Venus Donald (Character) $3.3M 2006
66% 70% The History Boys Hector (Character) $2.7M 2006
9% 30% 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) $262M 2002
81% 82% Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Vernon Dursley (Character) $317.6M 2001
31% 61% Vatel Dr. Bourdelot (Character) $49.5K 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hope & Glory Leo Wheeldon (Character) - 1999
69% 80% Sleepy Hollow Magistrate Samuel Philipse (Character) $101.1M 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
61% 82% Funny Bones Jim Minty (Character) $527K 1995
57% 48% Guarding Tess Frederick (Character) $26.2M 1994
19% 40% Blame It on the Bellboy Maurice Horton (Character) $3M 1992
56% 65% The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear Dr. Albert S. Meinheimer/Earl Hacker (Character) $84.3M 1991
27% 27% King Ralph Duncan Phipps (Character) $31.3M 1991
94% 94% Withnail and I Monty (Character) - 1987
13% 15% Shanghai Surprise Willite Tuttle (Character) $2.2M 1986
73% 60% Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes Captain Billings (Character) - 1984
88% 63% A Private Function Henry Allardyce the Accountant (Character) - 1984
75% 60% Gorky Park Anton (Character) - 1983
79% 67% The French Lieutenant's Woman Sir Tom (Character) - 1981

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Theater Talk Guest 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pie in the Sky Unknown (Character) 1994-1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lovejoy Unknown (Character) 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sweeney Unknown (Guest Star) 1978

QUOTES FROM Richard Griffiths CHARACTERS

Vernon Dursley says: What happened?

Harry Potter says: I swear I don't know! I was just staring at the glass and then it was gone, it was like magic!

Vernon Dursley says: There's no such thing as magic. (shutting him in the cupboard under the stairs)

Vernon Dursley says: There's no such thing as magic. [shutting him in the cupboard under the stairs]

Tierney says: How do you compensate for destroying someone's life?

Tierney says: The search might be equal to or greater than the discovery.

Donald says: How many columns did he get?

Monty says: (to the cat) you beastly little parasite how dare you, you little thug how dare you, arrgh beastly ungrateful little swine.

Monty says: [to the cat] you beastly little parasite how dare you, you little thug how dare you, arrgh beastly ungrateful little swine.

Vernon Dursley says: Do you know whats so great about Sunday, Dudley?

Dudley Dursley says: (Speechless)

Harry Potter says: No post on Sunday?

Vernon Dursley says: Right you are, Harry. No post on Sunday! Ha!

King George says: I hear-tell you've been to the Fountain...

King George says: I hear-tell you've been to the Fountain.

Captain Jack Sparrow says: Well there's been a lot of hear-telling going on these days hasn't there?