BAFTA Award winning British actor Robert Hardy died August 3 in London at the age of 91.
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His acting career spans over 70 years but he is best known to Harry Potter fans as Cornelius Fudge. Hardy has also taken on the role of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. British audiences also knew Hardy for his role as Siegfried Farnon in the television series “All Creatures Great and Small”.
As himself, Hardy has appeared in documentaries, award shows, variety shows, and has served as host on a number of productions. Appearing in over 100 film and television productions, Hardy made his screen debut in 1951 as a traveller in the television series “Michele and Rene”. Other television appearances include “David Copperfield”, “An Age of Kings”, “The Dark Island”, “The Saint”, “Manhunt”, Alec Stewart in 49 episodes of “Mogul”, “Elizabeth R”, Prince Albert in “Edward the King”, “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century”, Julius Caesar in “The Cleopatras”, “Hot Metal”, “The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes”, and “The Tenth Kingdom”.
He made his film debut in 1955 as Cassio in “Othello”. His other film credits include “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold”, “Escape to Nowhere”, “Gawain and the Green Knight” as Sir Bertilak, “Twelfth Night” as Sir Toby Belch, King Richard in “The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood”, “Sense and Sensibility”, and “The Lost World”.
He portrayed Winston Churchill in “Winston Churchill: The Wilderness”, “The Woman He Loved”, “Bomber Harris”, “War and Remembrance”, and “Churchill: 100 Days that Saved Britain”.
He was born Timothy Sydney Robert Hardy on October 29, 1925 in Cheltenham, England. Prior to starting his acting career on the stage in Stratford-upon-Avon, he attended Oxford University and served in the Royal Air Force.
As a stage actor, Hardy has performed at the Old Vic. His roles include Claudio in “Much Ado About Nothing”, “Henry V”, and “Hamlet”.
He appeared on Broadway twice in the original plays “Someone Waiting” and Four Winds”.
Along with his BAFTA Award, Hardy is a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
Hardy also penned a book on the ancient weapon the longbow – “Longbow: A Social and Military Weapon” – which is considered to be a classic reference book on the weapon.
Survivors include his children – Paul, Justine, and Emma.
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