Actor Robert Hardy, known for the HARRY POTTER films and ‘All Creatures Great and Small,’ has died at the age of 91.
Hardy’s family confirmed this sad news in a statement to BBC earlier this week, saying that he had a “tremendous life” and “a giant career in theatre, television, and film spanning more than 70 years.”
Robert Hardy was very well known for his role in British TV Series All Creatures Great and Small, where he played veterinarian Siegfried Farnon, and for his role as Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter films.
Hardy was born in Cheltenham, England in 1925, and began acting on stage before heading to the small screen with All Creatures Great and Small. He is also known for being one of few actors to play Winston Churchill on multiple occasions, such as in the miniseries Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years.
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling took to twitter to pay tribute to the actor, writing that he was “such a talented actor” and that he was well loved on the Potter set:
So very sad to hear about Robert Hardy. He was such a talented actor and everybody who worked with him on Potter loved him.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 3, 2017
Hardy has three children, Emma, Justine and Paul, who spoke to BBC, giving the following statement about their father:
“Gruff, elegant, twinkly, and always dignified, he is celebrated by all who knew him and loved him, and everyone who enjoyed his work.”