Richard Griffiths Biography (1947-)

Born July 31, 1947, in Stockton-on-Tees (some sources say Thornaby-on-Tees),Cleveland, England; father, a steelworker; mother, a bagger; married HeatherGibson. Addresses: Contact: 125 Gloucester Rd., London SW2 4TE, England.

Birth Details
July 31, 1947
Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland, United Kingdom

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Nobody's Perfect, Universal, 1968
  • Sam Broadbent, All Things Bright and Beautiful (also known as It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet), World Northal, 1979
  • Terrorist, Superman II, Warner Bros., 1980
  • Studio engineer, Breaking Glass, Paramount, 1980
  • Delma's assistant number one, Ragtime, Paramount, 1981
  • Sir Tom Burgh, The French Lieutenant's Woman, United Artists, 1981
  • Caius College Head Porter, Chariots of Fire, Warner Bros., 1981
  • Collins, Gandhi, Columbia, 1982
  • Cheerful Bernie, Britannia Hospital, Universal, 1982
  • Anton, Gorky Park, Rank, 1983
  • Captain Billings, Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, Warner Bros., 1984
  • Henry Allardyce the accountant, A Private Function, Island Alive,1985
  • Willie Tuttle, Shanghai Surprise, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1986
  • Montegue "Monty" Withnail, Withnail and I, Cineplex Odeon, 1987
  • Phipps, King Ralph, Universal, 1991
  • Dr. Albert S. Mainheimer and Earl Hacker, The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear, Paramount, 1991
  • Maurice Horton, Blame It on the Bellboy, Buena Vista, 1992
  • Frederick, Guarding Tess, TriStar, 1994
  • Brian Beazley, A Breed of Heroes, 1994
  • Jim Minty, Funny Bones, Buena Vista, 1995
  • Magistrate Samuel Philipse, Sleepy Hollow, Paramount, 1999
  • Dr. Bourdelot, Vatel, Miramax, 2000
  • Himself/Magistrate Samuel Philipse, Sleepy Hollow: Behind the Legend, Paramount, 2000
  • Uncle Vernon Dursley, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (alsoknown as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone), Warner Bros., 2001
  • Uncle Vernon Dursley, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Warner Bros., 2002
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Soviet premier Dubienkin, Whoops Apocalypse, London Weekend Television, 1982
  • Jack Mowbray, Ffizz, ITV, 1987, 1989
  • Trevor Beasley, A Kind of Living, ITV, 1988-1990
  • Detective inspector Henry Crabbe, Pie in the Sky, BBC, 1994-1997
  • Leo Wheeldon, chief education officer, Hope & Glory (also known as Hope and Glory), BBC, 2000
  • Movies
  • Window cleaner, The Five Minute Films, BBC, 1982
  • Henry Jay, Bird of Prey, 1982
  • Henry Jay, Bird of Prey 2, 1984
  • Cardinal Acquaviva, Casanova (also known as Il Veneziano, vitae amori di Giacomo Casanova), ABC, 1987
  • Second admiral, Goldeneye: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming (also known as Spymaster), syndicated, 1989
  • Porter, Mr. Wakefield's Crusade, 1991
  • Ronnie, Model by Day, Fox, 1994
  • Landowner at party, Ted & Ralph, BBC, 1998
  • Miniseries
  • Brown, The Marksman, 1987
  • Geoffrey Crichton-Potter, In the Red, BBC, 1998
  • Swelter, Gormenghast, BBC, 2000
  • Specials
  • Officer, "The Comedy of Errors," The BBC Television Shakespeare, BBC-2, 1978
  • Sir John Falstaff, "The Merry Wives of Windsor," The BBC Television Shakespeare (also known as The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: The Merry Wives of Windsor), BBC2, 1982
  • Himself, An Audience with Victoria Wood, 1988
  • Voice of Mr. Jackson, The Tale of Flopsy Bunnies and Mrs. Tittlemouse (animated; also known as The Worlds of Peter Rabbit and Friends),The Family Channel, 1995
  • Reader, Christmas Glory 2000, ITV and BBC, 2000
  • Episodic
  • Harries, "Jack or Knave," The Sweeney, 1978
  • Derek Farrow, "Dreamhouse," Minder, 1982
  • Jean-Pierre, "Fall of a Birdman," Bergerac, BBC, 1982
  • Sidney Garbutt, "Glasshouse People," Boon, 1986
  • Hans Koopman, "They Call Me Midas," Lovejoy, BBC, 1993
  • Humphrey Appleton, "The Day of the Devil," Inspector Morse, Central Television, broadcast as an episode of Mystery!, PBS, 1993
  • Bishop of Mulberry, "Spring," The Vicar of Dibley, BBC1, 1999
  • Stage Appearances
  • Bottom, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1977
  • Lariosik, The White Guard, London production, 1977
  • George, Once in a Lifetime, London production, 1977
  • Galileo Galilei (title role), The Life of Galileo, Almeida Theatre, London, 1994
  • Art, London production, 2001
  • Luther, London production, 2001

Further Reference


    • Times (London), March 10, 1994, p. 14

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    Jul 8, 2011 @ 11:11 am
    I am very fond of richard griffths. i love seeing him appear as small time villian vernon in the harry potter franchise. GRIFFTHS YOUR THE BEST!

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