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Actor ‘Peter Vaughan’ Is Dead

British actor Peter Vaughan, best known for roles in Game of Thrones and Porridge, has died at the age of 93.

He played Maester Aemon in the HBO series and Grouty in the sitcom.

His many other roles included parts in TV shows Citizen Smith, Chancer and Our Friends in the North.

His agent Sally Long-Innes said: “This is to confirm that very sadly Peter Vaughan passed away at approximately 10.30 this morning. He died peacefully with his family around him.”
Vaughan began acting in the 1950s and became a recognisable face by playing numerous mainly supporting roles on stage, television, radio and film.
He specialised in with a tough edge – such as , secret agents and authoritarian elders.

Obituary: Peter Vaughan
His best-known parts included:

The menacing villain Harry Grout in Porridge, which remained his most part, despite the fact he only appeared in a handful of episodes

The strict father of Robert Lindsay’s girlfriend in the first two series of another 1970s , Citizen Smith

Town patriarch Tom Hedden in Straw Dogs, the controversial film made by Sam Peckinpah, whom Vaughan described as “one of the best directors ever”

Felix, the dementia-suffering father of Christopher Eccleston’s character in landmark TV drama Our Friends in the North, which earned him a Bafta nomination

The ageing butler William Stevens, the father of Anthony Hopkins’s character in Merchant Ivory’s film The Remains of the Day


Jon Snow’s blind, scholarly mentor Maester Aemon Targaryen in HBO’s epic fantasy Game of Thrones

Vaughan described himself as a character actor, saying he did not have the looks to play romantic leads.
“If you’re a character actor, you don’t need to for the next leading role,” he once said. “But if you are a leading man you have to for the next part. Sometimes that means long periods without work.”
He was never out of work for long, but Vaughan was not overly fond of only being recognised for Porridge.
“It bores me rigid,” he once said. “I only did about four episodes and the film but never has a role been written that has had impact.”
‘Lucky, lucky, lucky’
However Game of Thrones brought him a new level of fame with a younger audience at the age of 86, and he remained in the show for five years.
“I’ve been so lucky with parts,” he told BBC Radio Surrey recently in one of his last interviews in November. “They talk about resting. The only time I have ever rested in my 77 years as an actor has been when I’ve to. Lucky, lucky, lucky.”
Those paying tribute included Blackadder actor Tony Robinson, who wrote on Twitter : “An amazing actor. I’ll never forget his performance in Our Friends in the North.”
Meanwhile, actress Kathy Burke posted a photo of Vaughan with Ronnie Barker in Porridge alongside the words: “Beautiful Peter Vaughan.”
Vaughan was married to actress Billie Whitelaw for 14 years until 1966 and then married Lillias Walker.

He was father-in-law of Gregor Fisher, the actor best known for playing comic character Rab C Nesbitt.

Game of thrones was his last role in his 63 year career.” Now his watch has ended”

May his soul rest in peace..Amen.


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