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Robert Hardy
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Actor
    (October 29, 1925-August 3, 2017)
    Born in Cheltenham, England, United Kingdom
    Birth name was Timothy Sidney Robert Hardy
    Portrayed Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge in four Harry Potter films
    Also appeared in the films ‘The Spy Who Came in from the Cold’ (1965), ‘Beserk!’ (1967), ’10 Rillington Place’ (1971), ‘Young Winston’ (1972), ‘The Gathering Storm’ (1972), ‘The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood’ (1984), ‘Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein’ (1994), ‘Sense and Sensibility’ (1995), ‘Mrs. Dalloway’ (1997), ‘An Ideal Husband’ (1998) and ‘Lassie’ (2005)
    Portrayed Alec Stewart in ‘The Troubleshooters’ (1966-70), Siegfried Fanon in ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ (1978-90) and Twiggy Rathborne in ‘Hot Metal’ (1986-88)
    Appeared in the TV movies or miniseries ‘The Age of Kings’ (1960), ‘Elizabeth R’ (1971), ‘Edward the Seventh’ (1975), ‘Twelfth Night’ (1980), ‘Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years’ (1981), ‘War and Remembrance’ (1988), ‘Lucky Jim’ (2002), ‘Little Dorrit’ (2008) and ‘Churchill: 100 Days That Saved Britain’ (2015)
    Named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (1981)
    He described the degree he received from Oxford as ‘shabby.’
    He was married and divorced twice.
    He thought the TV adaptation of ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ would be a flop.’ (‘I was wrong, thank goodness!’)
    He was written out of the Harry Potter films when his age made him too expensive to insure.
    He said he treasured the time at Oxford that he spent studying under C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkein.
    He served in the RAF during World War II.
    After portraying Henry V at Stratford-on-Avon (1959), he became fascinated with the medieval longbow, becoming such an expert that he was consulted by the archeologists who raised the 16th-century warship Mary Rose.
    Peter Davison said he learned more from Hardy than any other actor he worked with.
    He said about the Harry Potter films, ‘It was great fun while it lasted, the boys and girls were all absolutely splendid. I had a ball fooling around with old friends like Maggie Smith.’

Credit: C. Fishel


 
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