Veteran British actor Robert Hardy who played Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter movies, has died.
The family of the screen and stage legend announced his death on Thursday.
A statement from his children Emma, Justine and Paul reads:
“It is with great sadness that the family of Robert Hardy CBE today announced his death, following a tremendous life: a giant career in theatre, television and film spanning more than 70 years.”
They paid tribute to him, naming a few of his outstanding qualities.
“Gruff, elegant, twinkly, and always dignified, he is celebrated by all who knew him and loved him, and everyone who enjoyed his work.” Hardy’s family said he was also “a meticulous linguist, a fine artist, a lover of music and a champion of literature, as well a highly respected historian, and a leading specialist on the longbow.”
He was 91.
Hardy also took part in several long-standing television shows, including the BBC’s famed All Creatures Great and Small, which ran for 12 years. He played avuncular veterinarian Siegfried Farnon in the TV drama between 1978 and 1990, and later portrayed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill onscreen half a dozen times.
The Bafta-nominated actor also appeared in the Harry Potter films as Minister of Magic, Cornelius Fudge. He reprised the role four times.
In 1981, he was awarded a CBE, one of Britain’s highest honours for his services to acting.
With a successful career spanning several decades, it’s quite safe to say Robert Hardy lived a fulfilled life. May his soul rest in peace.