Winner of a Laurence Olivier Award, a Drama Desk Award, and a Tony Award for Leading Actor in The History Boys, Richard Griffiths was a beloved actor known for his portrayal of the portly and cross Uncle Vernon in the Harry Potter franchise. He passed away on March 28, 2013 from complications following heart surgery.
This English actress was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, best known for her work on television. She appeared as a Ministry witch in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, as well as Jamie’s mom in Love Actually. She died on October 13, 2011, only a few days before her 79th birthday.
One of my all-time favorites, legendary actor Richard Harris played Dumbledore in Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets. The second film was released after his death from Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2002. The winner of a Golden Globe and a Grammy, as well as two-time nominee for an Academy Award, Harris is best known for his roles in This Sporting Life, The Field, and Gladiator, as well as Camelot and its subsequent revival on Broadway.
Harris was later replaced by Michael Gambon in the remaining Harry Potter films.