Richard Griffiths

Richard Griffiths

  • Highest Rated: 100% Ballet Shoes (2008)
  • Lowest Rated: 9% Opa! (2009)
  • Birthday: Jul 31, 1947
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Falstaffian British character actor Richard Griffiths has been popping up in films since 1980. Griffiths played Sir Tom in The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981), Captain Billings in Greystoke (1982) and Phipps in King Ralph (1981). An accomplished dialectician, Griffiths has essayed a wide variety of ethnic types: in Naked Gun 2 1/2 (1992), he outdid himself in his dual role as the German-accented Dr. Mannheimer and the Georgia-cracker Earl Hacker. British TV fans know Richard Griffiths best as Henry Crabbe in the weekly sitcom Pie and the Sky (1993-95), not to mention his appearances on such earlier series as Bird of Prey (1984), Nobody's Perfect (1980-82), Ffizz (1987-89) and A Kind of Living (1988-90).In 2001, Griffiths took on the recurring role of the imposing Uncle Vernon in the Harry Potter film series, playing the role in five of the series' eight films. Griffiths spent the majority of his career alternating between the screen and stage, and in 2004, he took on one of his higher profile stage roles - the eccentric teacher Hector in Alan Bennett's award-winning play The History Boys. Griffiths originated the role in the 2004 West End production and the 2006 Broadway production and later reprised the role in the 2006 film, winning an Olivier Award, a Tony Award, and scoring a BAFTA Film nomination for his work.After completing his work in the Harry Potter series, Griffiths appeared in The Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) as King George II and played a limited engagement in the West End revival of Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys, opposite Danny DeVito. Sadly, his career was cut short, dying at age 65 in 2013 from complications following heart surgery.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

63% Private Peaceful Actor 2014
64% One Direction: This Is Us Executive Producer $28.9M 2013
93% Hugo Monsieur Frick $73.9M 2011
96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Vernon Dursley $381.1M 2011
33% Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides King George $241.1M 2011
77% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 Vernon Dursley $295M 2010
44% Jackboots on Whitehall Hermann Goering 2010
9% Opa! Tierney 2009
26% Bedtime Stories Barry Nottingham $110M 2008
No Score Yet Letters to Santa: A Muppets Christmas Actor 2008
100% Ballet Shoes Great Uncle Matthew 2008
78% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Vernon Dursley $292M 2007
89% Venus Donald $3.3M 2006
66% The History Boys Hector $2.6M 2006
60% The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Jeltz $51.1M 2005
64% Stage Beauty Sir Charles Sedley $0.8M 2004
90% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Uncle Vernon Dursley $249.4M 2004
83% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Uncle Vernon Dursley $261.9M 2002
81% Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Uncle Vernon Dursley $317.6M 2001
31% Vatel Dr. Bourdelot 2000
No Score Yet Gormenghast Swelter 2000
68% Sleepy Hollow Phillipse 1999
61% Funny Bones Jim Minty 1995
No Score Yet Model by Day Ronnie 1994
57% Guarding Tess Frederick 1994
19% Blame It on the Bellboy Maurice Horton 1992
57% The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear Dr. Meinheimer/Hacker 1991
20% King Ralph Phipps 1991
No Score Yet Whoops Apocalypse Actor 1988
94% Withnail and I Monty 1987
No Score Yet Casanova Cardinal 1987
13% Shanghai Surprise Willie Tuttle 1986
88% A Private Function Allardyce 1985
71% Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes Captain Billings 1984
78% Gorky Park Anton 1983
No Score Yet The Merry Wives of Windsor Falstaff 1982
84% Gandhi Collins 1982
91% Ragtime Delmas Assistant No. 1 1981
84% Chariots of Fire Head Porter, Caius College 1981
78% The French Lieutenant's Woman Sir Tom 1981
86% Superman II Terrorist 1981
No Score Yet It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet Sam Broadbent 1978

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Inspector Morse
1987-2000
Canon Humphrey Appleton
  • 2017
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Duke of Burgundy
  • 2013
80% Episodes (US)
2011-2017
Julian
  • 2011
No Score Yet Mystery!
1980-2007
Appleton
  • 1996
No Score Yet The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends
1992-1995
Voice

QUOTES FROM Richard Griffiths CHARACTERS

Vernon Dursley
What happened?
Harry Potter
I swear I don't know! I was just staring at the glass and then it was gone, it was like magic!
Vernon Dursley
There's no such thing as magic. (shutting him in the cupboard under the stairs)
Vernon Dursley
There's no such thing as magic. [shutting him in the cupboard under the stairs]
Tierney
How do you compensate for destroying someone's life?
Tierney
The search might be equal to or greater than the discovery.
Donald
How many columns did he get?
Monty
(to the cat) you beastly little parasite how dare you, you little thug how dare you, arrgh beastly ungrateful little swine.
Monty
[to the cat] you beastly little parasite how dare you, you little thug how dare you, arrgh beastly ungrateful little swine.
Vernon Dursley
Do you know whats so great about Sunday, Dudley?
Dudley Dursley
(Speechless)
Harry Potter
No post on Sunday?
Vernon Dursley
Right you are, Harry. No post on Sunday! Ha!
King George
I hear-tell you've been to the Fountain...
King George
I hear-tell you've been to the Fountain.
Captain Jack Sparrow
Well there's been a lot of hear-telling going on these days hasn't there?