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Griffiths, Richard (1947-2013)


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Rotund and much in demand since his household-name-making role as the policeman-turned-gourmet chef in TV's Pie in the Sky (BBC, 1994-97), Richard Griffiths had been with the RSC for ten years and trundling along in film character roles since the mid 1970s - one recalls his snubbing Michael Palin in A Private Function (d. Malcolm Mowbray, 1984) and his cumbersome lechery in Withnail and I (d. Bruce Robinson, 1986).

Now sought for international films such as Sleepy Hollow (US/Germany, d. Tim Burton, 1999) and Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (UK/US, d. Chris Columbus, 2001), he still delights viewers in such lethally witty studies as the time-serving gourmand politician in TV's In the Red (BBC, 1998).

Brian McFarlane, Encyclopedia of British Film

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Thumbnail image of Britannia Hospital (1982)Britannia Hospital (1982)

Lindsay Anderson's unhinged satire of Thatcher's Britain

Thumbnail image of Chariots of Fire (1981)Chariots of Fire (1981)

Oscar-winning story of two British Olympic athletes

Thumbnail image of Gandhi (1982)Gandhi (1982)

Large-scale Oscar-winning biopic of the great Indian spiritual leader

Thumbnail image of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

Second outing for the fantastically popular boy wizard

Thumbnail image of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)

The film that brought J.K. Rowling's boy wizard to the big screen

Thumbnail image of Private Function, A (1984)Private Function, A (1984)

Alan Bennett-scripted Yorkshire comedy about pigs and social climbing

Thumbnail image of Withnail and I (1986)Withnail and I (1986)

Low-rent but side-splittingly funny period comedy that grew its own cult

Thumbnail image of Afternoon Off (1979)Afternoon Off (1979)

Tragicomedy about an Asian waiter on a blind date in Hartlepool.

Thumbnail image of Bird of Prey (1982)Bird of Prey (1982)

Paranoid drama of computer conspiracy and European intrigue

Thumbnail image of Merry Wives of Windsor, The (1982)Merry Wives of Windsor, The (1982)

Oddly low-key BBC adaptation of Shakespeare's rollicking English farce

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