Richard Griffiths, Harry Potter Actor, Dies at 65

Richard Griffiths, the well-spoken, rotund presence perhaps best known for playing Muggle guardian Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter series – and who costarred again with Daniel Radcliffe in the stage drama Equus – died Thursday from complications after heart surgery at University Hospital in Coventry, central England, his agent announced Friday. He was 65.

Stars Cheer on Daniel Radcliffe in Equus

Since opening on Broadway last month, Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe has been attracting Hollywood’s A-list to Equus, the show in which he stars.

Julia Roberts, Liam Neeson, Natasha Richardson, Lisa Rinna, Jeff Goldblum, Emma Roberts (Julia’s niece), and Nathan Lane are just some of the big names who’ve seen Radcliffe’s critically acclaimed turn – and infamous 10-minute nude scene – in the play about a teenager’s unhealthy obsession with horses.