Harry Potter and his villainous Uncle Vernon may not have had the best relationship, but the same could most certainly not be said for the actors who played them in the Harry Potter films — Daniel Radcliffe and the late Richard Griffiths.
In the wake of the sad passing of Griffiths, who died on Thursday at the age of 65 from complications after having heart surgery, Radcliffe remembered his screen and stage (in addition to the Potter movies, the two British actors also worked together in his Broadway debut Equus) co-star and mentor. In a statement released to Hollywood.com, Radcliffe said of Griffiths:
“Richard was by my side during two of the most important moments of my career. In August 2000, before official production had even begun on Potter, we filmed a shot outside the Dursley’s, which was my first ever shot as Harry. I was nervous and he made me feel at ease. Seven years later, we embarked on Equus together. It was my first time doing a play but, terrified as I was, his encouragement, tutelage and humour made it a joy. In fact, any room he walked into was made twice as funny and twice as clever just by his presence. I am proud to say I knew him.”
Radcliffe isn’t the only star to remember their time with the gifted, award-winning actor fondly. On Twitter, actor Tom Hiddleston, who worked with him on BBC TV movie series The Hollow Crown posted, “Dearest Richard Griffiths, we will miss you.”
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