"Harry Potter" Actor Dies At 85


According to The Guardian, his children, Emma, Justine and Paul, in a statement announcing his death said: "Gruff, elegant, twinkly, and always dignified, he is celebrated by all who knew him and loved him, and everyone who enjoyed his work". "We are immensely grateful to the team at Denville Hall for the tender care they gave during his last weeks".

They said he was part of the team that raised the Tudor warship the Mary Rose, which sank off England's south coast in 1545.

Hardy was a prolific British actor of both stage and screen, with many well-known and memorable roles under his belt before he joined the Potter franchise as the weak and ambitious Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge.

Between 1978 and 1990, Hardy played the eccentric veterinarian Siegfried Farnon in "All Creatures Great and Small", a popular TV series based on James Herriot's books about rural life in the Yorkshire Dales.

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A familiar face in households across the country, Hardy's other roles included Tite Barnacle in Little Dorrit (2008) and Arthur Brooke in Middlemarch (1994).

In 1981, he was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to acting, but that was by no means his only passion.

BBC news tells me Robert Hardy, the Minister of Magic has died.

Tributes have poured in following the news that Harry Potter actor Robert Hardy has died at the age of 91. Robert Hardy passed away at the age of 91 this week at a retirement home in London. "Terribly sad. He was a very kind man who told wonderful stories". Robert Hardy was one of our strongest supporters, and we're very appreciative of all the work he has done for us.