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March 29, 2013 | By David Ng
Richard Griffiths, the portly British actor who won acclaim for his stage performances in "The History Boys," "Equus" and many other productions, was one of the most beloved figures in the London theater. His numerous performances ranged from contemporary dramas to classical roles, to which he brought a sense of cutting intelligence and understated humor. Griffiths died in England on Thursday at 65. The actor died of complications following heart surgery, according to reports. His stage colleagues remembered him as a dedicated actor who was also a witty and voluble raconteur among his friends.  PHOTOS: Richard Griffiths 1947-2013 Danny DeVito, who starred alongside Griffiths in last year's London revival of Neil Simon's "The Sunshine Boys," said in a phone interview that "it was a gift for me to know him. I'm so sad. It was the most positive kind of fun. We clicked from the very moment we met when we did 'Sunshine.' We had such fun on stage.
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October 3, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
The knock against Neil Simon in the early days was that he cared more about his punch lines than his characters. "The Sunshine Boys," his 1972 play about the rocky reunion of a pair of elderly vaudeville comics, attempts to turn this playwriting vice into a virtue. Wisecracks come as naturally to these shambling funnymen as drawing breath. And though arthritis has set in, they still relate to the world as if it were the setup for a slapstick routine - locks refuse to open, a TV (unplugged)
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March 29, 2013 | By Kelly Scott
The larger world may have discovered Richard Griffiths through the Harry Potter movies, but the theater world has long claimed him as one of its best. The actor died Thursday at age 65. Griffiths' most famous role on stage was that of Hector, the unorthodox history teacher in Alan Bennett's "The History Boys. " After a successful run in London (he won an Olivier Award for his performance), the play came to Broadway in 2006 and won six Tony awards, including best play and best actor for Griffiths.
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September 12, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Danny DeVito and Judd Hirsch blow into a downtown steakhouse like a comedy hurricane. They've arrived straight from rehearsal for their upcoming show, "The Sunshine Boys," at the Ahmanson Theatre, and the tone of their entrance shtick owes something to the rapid-fire joking favored by the vaudeville comedians they play in the show. Hirsch is tall and thin with a full head of mussed salt-and-pepper hair. DeVito is short and round and sports a Friar Tuck-like ring of longish white hair.
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March 30, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Richard Griffiths was an actor of enormous size. He was physically big - obese to the point of sometimes needing a cane to get around. But his mind and soul were equally large, and his eloquence was so prodigious that playwright Alan Bennett found in him an ideal interpreter of his magnificently articulate art. He will live on as Harry Potter's unsympathetic Uncle Vernon, but I shall remember him for his portrayal of Hector in Bennett's "The History...
BUSINESS
September 19, 1997
Record industry veteran Richard Griffiths is expected to step down today as president of Sony Music's Epic Records division, home to such pop acts as Oasis and Celine Dion. Griffiths, who had three years left on his contract, will be replaced by Polly Anthony, president of Epic's 550 Music division, sources said. Epic promotion head Craig Lambert is also expected to leave the New York-based company.
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April 10, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Harry Potter is headed to the Great White Way. Daniel Radcliffe, the star of the "Harry Potter" movies, will make his Broadway debut on Sept. 5, playing the disturbed stable boy in a revival of Peter Shaffer's play "Equus." Radcliffe, 18, earned rave reviews for his performance in the London production of the play. Richard Griffiths, who portrays Harry's mean Uncle Vernon in the "Potter" movies, reprises his London role as the psychiatrist who treats the stable boy, who has blinded six horses.
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October 3, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
The knock against Neil Simon in the early days was that he cared more about his punch lines than his characters. "The Sunshine Boys," his 1972 play about the rocky reunion of a pair of elderly vaudeville comics, attempts to turn this playwriting vice into a virtue. Wisecracks come as naturally to these shambling funnymen as drawing breath. And though arthritis has set in, they still relate to the world as if it were the setup for a slapstick routine - locks refuse to open, a TV (unplugged)
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September 4, 2013 | By David Ng
Actor David Krumholtz has left the upcoming revival of Neil Simon's "The Sunshine Boys" at the Ahmanson Theatre. The production, starring Danny DeVito and Judd Hirsch, is scheduled to begin preview performances Sept. 24. A spokesman for Center Theatre Group said that Krumholtz's departure from the play was due to "personal reasons. " He said that Krumholtz left the production early last week, the second week of a five-week rehearsal process. A representative for Krumholtz wasn't immediately available to comment.
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March 30, 2013 | Elaine Woo
Richard Griffiths, the nimble British character actor best known to American audiences as cantankerous, wizard-fearing Uncle Vernon in the blockbuster Harry Potter films, died Thursday at a hospital in Coventry, England. He was 65. The cause was complications from heart surgery, his agent, Simon Beresford, told British media. A veteran of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Griffiths was a man of impressive girth whose rotundity belied the physical and emotional deftness that characterized his best performances on stage and screen.
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March 30, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Richard Griffiths was an actor of enormous size. He was physically big - obese to the point of sometimes needing a cane to get around. But his mind and soul were equally large, and his eloquence was so prodigious that playwright Alan Bennett found in him an ideal interpreter of his magnificently articulate art. He will live on as Harry Potter's unsympathetic Uncle Vernon, but I shall remember him for his portrayal of Hector in Bennett's "The History...
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March 29, 2013 | By Kelly Scott
The larger world may have discovered Richard Griffiths through the Harry Potter movies, but the theater world has long claimed him as one of its best. The actor died Thursday at age 65. Griffiths' most famous role on stage was that of Hector, the unorthodox history teacher in Alan Bennett's "The History Boys. " After a successful run in London (he won an Olivier Award for his performance), the play came to Broadway in 2006 and won six Tony awards, including best play and best actor for Griffiths.
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March 29, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
British actor Richard Griffiths, best known for playing muggle Uncle Vernon Dursley in the "Harry Potter" movies, has died. Griffiths died Thursday at University Hospital in Coventry, England, from complications following heart surgery, his agent, Simon Beresford, told the Associated Press. He was 65. Large in body and presence, Griffiths appeared in character roles in dozens of films and TV shows, but made his biggest mark as the boy wizard's grumpy uncle. PHOTOS: Richard Griffiths 1947-2013 "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe said Griffiths' true demeanor was far kinder.
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March 29, 2013 | By David Ng
Richard Griffiths, the portly British actor who won acclaim for his stage performances in "The History Boys," "Equus" and many other productions, was one of the most beloved figures in the London theater. His numerous performances ranged from contemporary dramas to classical roles, to which he brought a sense of cutting intelligence and understated humor. Griffiths died in England on Thursday at 65. The actor died of complications following heart surgery, according to reports. His stage colleagues remembered him as a dedicated actor who was also a witty and voluble raconteur among his friends.  PHOTOS: Richard Griffiths 1947-2013 Danny DeVito, who starred alongside Griffiths in last year's London revival of Neil Simon's "The Sunshine Boys," said in a phone interview that "it was a gift for me to know him. I'm so sad. It was the most positive kind of fun. We clicked from the very moment we met when we did 'Sunshine.' We had such fun on stage.
BUSINESS
February 25, 2002
Veteran music executive Richard Griffiths has been tapped to head the international operations of The Firm, the management powerhouse handling the careers of such acts as Limp Bizkit and the Dixie Chicks. Griffiths, the former president of Sony Music's Epic Records label in the U.S., is expected to develop The Firm's new London office and oversee expansion of the company's music, film and other businesses.
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July 18, 2013 | By David Ng
David Krumholtz, who played a mathematical whiz for six seasons in the CBS series "Numb3rs," will join Danny DeVito and Judd Hirsch -- the latter played Krumholtz's dad in the TV show -- in the upcoming revival of Neil Simon's "The Sunshine Boys" at the Ahmanson Theatre. Krumholtz will play the role of DeVito's nephew, a talent scout who engineers a television reunion between his uncle and his estranged vaudeville partner (Hirsch). "The Sunshine Boys" is scheduled to run at the Ahmanson from Sept.
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April 10, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Harry Potter is headed to the Great White Way. Daniel Radcliffe, the star of the "Harry Potter" movies, will make his Broadway debut on Sept. 5, playing the disturbed stable boy in a revival of Peter Shaffer's play "Equus." Radcliffe, 18, earned rave reviews for his performance in the London production of the play. Richard Griffiths, who portrays Harry's mean Uncle Vernon in the "Potter" movies, reprises his London role as the psychiatrist who treats the stable boy, who has blinded six horses.
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