British actor Robert Hardy, best known for playing Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter movies and Siegfried Farnon in the All Creatures Great and Small TV series, has died. He was 91.
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Hardy’s family announced his passing in a statement today, writing, “Gruff, elegant, twinkly, and always dignified, he is celebrated by all who knew him and loved him, and everyone who enjoyed his work.”
Although Harry Potter was the role that made him famous to a whole new generation of fans, Hardy’s career spanned seven decades in theater, television, and film. As a young man, he attended Magdalen College, Oxford University, studying under the likes of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, before he away to serve in the Royal Air Force. (He later returned to complete his degree.) Read more…
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