A veteran English character actor, Peter Vaughan's career spanned a multitude of genres in British film and television. He acted in the Wolverhampton Repertory Theatre before joining the military and had his screen debut in the 1954 TV program "Stage by Stage: The Relapse or, Virtue in Danger." After several years of small TV and film roles, he starred in the small budget mystery "Smokescreen." Vaughan became a fixture on British TV and was adept at playing both criminals and lawmen. In the '60s, he appeared in several episodes of the adventure series "Quick Before They Catch Us," played Mr. Jaggers in the serial drama "Great Expectations," and portrayed notorious pirate Long John Silver in the drama "Treasure Island." His film work continued as well, and in 1971, he had a memorable turn as a town drunk in the Sam Peckinpah thriller "Straw Dogs" which came after co-starring as a British agent next to Frank Sinatra in the Cold War drama "The Naked Runner." Vaughan's other significant characters included Harry Grout (in the comedy TV program and film "Porridge") and the father on sitcom "Citizen Smith." On-screen, he found supporting roles in the James Ivory classic "The Remains of the Day" and Terry Gilliam's sprawling 1985 fantasy feature, "Brazil."