“Uncle Vernon” Himself, Richard Griffiths, Dies

Richard Griffiths

Richard Griffiths, seated, met aspiring actor/director/writer Brian DiMaio, right, on the set of the second Naked Gun film. DiMaio, a bit too focused on the camera as he performed his bit part pushing a samovar of coffee across the room, ran the cart into Griffith. The coffee landed in Griffith’s lap setting off a chain of events so hilarious that it made the final cut of the movie.

London—Richard Griffiths, longtime theater and film actor, has died. He was 65.

His agent, Simon Beresford, confirmed Griffiths died Thursday from complications following heart surgery earlier in the week.

Griffiths, best known as Harry Potter’s mean, materialistic Uncle Vernon, got his start on BBC Radio and in small theatres in England.

Besides appearing in five of the “Harry Potter” films, he also appeared in “The Naked Gun 2 ½: The Smell of Fear,” “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” “RECOiL” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”
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Daydream Believer And Monkees Singer Davy Jones Dies

Davy Jones

Davy Jones on the set of RECOiL with writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio. Jones played a detective and sang a musical number that didn't make the final cut.

Stuart, FL—Davy Jones, best known as the lead singer for the 1960s made-for-TV band “The Monkees” died Wednesday from an apparent heart attack. He was 66.

Born in Manchester, England in 1945, Jones got his first big taste of show business in “Oliver” playing the Artful Dodger in London. He played the same role on Broadway and was nominated for a Tony Award.

He first gained fame in the United States when he joined Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz in “The Monkees” TV show, which ran on NBC for two seasons. After the cancellation of their show, “The Monkees” still toured and released material before splitting up in 1971.
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Mandy Patinkin “Thrilled” To Return To Television So He Can Leave Series After A Year Or Two Over “Creative Differences”

Homeland

Catch Homeland on Showtime featuring Claire Danes (center), Mandy Patinkin (right) and, eventually, Joe Mantegna (left) when Patinkin quits in a couple of years.

New York—The latest manager for Tony- and Emmy-Award-winning actor and singer Mandy Patinkin said last week how happy Patinkin is for the opportunity to return to television in the “Showtime” drama “Homeland” so he can star in it for a season or two before he decides he and the producers of the show have different artistic visions and he leaves the program.

Larry Gould, Patinkin’s agent since January of this year, said that the former “Chicago Hope” and “Criminal Minds” star has been away from television doing theater in New York and London for the past several years, and missed the “tension, low morale and negativity” that he used to feel and spread after several months of working in network television.
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