London, Mar h 30: British actor Richard Griffiths, who featured in the 'Harry Potter' films, has died after complications following heart surgery. He was 65.
Griffiths was best known for playing Vernon Dursley in the successful franchise 'Harry Potter' and Uncle Monty in 'Withnail and I,' the BBC reported.
His Harry Potter co-star Daniel Radcliffe - who also appeared on stage with him in 'Equus' - was one of the first to pay tribute to him, saying that Griffiths was by his side during two of the most important moments of his career and he was proud to know him.
Radcliffe said that any room that Griffiths walked into was made twice as funny and twice as clever just by his presence.
Griffiths' most acclaimed performance on stage was the role of the charismatic teacher Hector in Alan Bennett's 'The History Boys.'
Well respected by his peers, Griffiths had been appointed an OBE in the 2008 New Year Honours for his services to drama.
One of his most recent roles was in the drama 'Private Peaceful,' where he played The Colonel alongside Frances de la Tour and Maxine Peake. (ANI)