Harry Potter actor, Robert Hardy, who had a very long career in cinema, theatre and television is died at 91. He reportedly died at an old age home dedicated to retired actors.
The actor who was born in the year 1925, in Cheltenham in England entered in theater at a rather very young age. His father was a principal in a well-known college of the city, Cheltenham College and thus he was kept under tight discipline from the very beginning. This discipline may be behind his long age and around sixty five year stint in the film and television industry.
While details about Robert Hardy’s cause of death or how he actually died are not clear, he suffered cracked rib after falling down.
His family, while announcing the death of the actor paid lavish tributes to him. His children Emma, Justine and Paul 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 [a London retirement home for actors for the tender care they gave during his last weeks.”
Hardy worked in cinema and television for 70 years. He began his career as a classical actor. In 1959 he appeared as Sicinius opposite Laurence Olivier in Coriolanus at Stratford-upon-Avon, directed by Peter Hall. Hardy then appeared in Shakespeare’s Henry V on stage and in television’s An Age of Kings (1960), and subsequently played Coriolanus in The Spread of the Eagle and Sir Toby Belch for the BBC Television Shakespeare production of Twelfth Night in 1980.
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Farewell Robert Hardy you entertained my children and I for many years as Siegfried Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small so sad RIP ? pic.twitter.com/xg3Nn6XOY1
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There is no denying that the long stint like him in the field is not very common. Over the years, Hardy played a range of parts on television and film. His first continuing role in a TV series was as businessman Alec Stewart in the award-winning oil company drama The Troubleshooters for the BBC, which he played from 1966 to 1970. He won further acclaim for his portrayal of the mentally-unhinged Abwehr Sgt. Gratz in LWT’s 1969 war drama Manhunt. In 1975, Hardy portrayed Prince Albert in the award-winning 13-hour serial Edward the Seventh. Hardy also made an appearance in the 1986–88 ITV comedy series Hot Metal, in which he played the dual roles of newspaper proprietor Twiggy Rathbone (who bore more than a passing resemblance to Rupert Murdoch) and his editor, Russell Spam.
Hardy was married to Sally Pearson from 1961-1986, and Elizabeth Fox from 1952-1956. He has three children: Emma Hardy, Justine Hardy, and Paul Hardy.