British actor Peter Vaughan, popular for his roles in Game of Thrones and Porridge, has died at the age of 93.
He played Maester Aemon in the HBO series and Grouty in the TV sitcom.
His many other roles included parts in TV shows Citizen Smith, Chancer and Our Friends in the North.
His agent Sally Long-Innes said: “This is to confirm that very sadly Peter Vaughan passed away at approximately 10.30 this morning. He died peacefully with his family around him.”
Vaughan began acting in the 1950s and became a recognisable face by playing numerous mainly supporting roles on stage, television and film.
He specialized in characters with a tough edge – such as police officers, secret agents and authoritarian elders.
In film, he made his debut in 1959 and continued to play small roles for several years, before gaining his first starring role in a minor picture called Smokescreen (1964).
In 1967, he received second billing opposite Frank Sinatra in the film The Naked Runner. However, his performance was not well received by critics who accused him of overacting in his role as a British agent.
He played Mr. Freeman in Karel Reisz’s 1980 The French Lieutenant’s Woman, the first star billing for Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons.
Possibly his highest-profile film performance was as the father of Anthony Hopkins’s character in The Remains of the Day (1993). He was also cast in Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, but had not shot any material before that project was abandoned. He had previously appeared for Gilliam in Time Bandits and Brazil. He also appeared as a menacing character in Straw Dogs (1971), and with Bill Murray in a film of W. Somerset Maugham’s novel The Razor’s Edge in 1984. In 1996, he appeared as Giles Corey in The Crucible, and in 1997 he appeared alongside Robert Carlyle and Ray Winstone in Face. In 1998, he appeared as Bishop Myriel in Les Misérables alongside Liam Neeson. His most unusual role may have been as SS Obergruppenführer Arthur Nebe in the 1994 film of Robert Harris’s novel Fatherland.
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