Robert Hardy, Cor­nelius Fudge in ‘Harry Pot­ter’, dies at age 91

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES - BY JILL LAW­LESS

Robert Hardy, a vet­eran Bri­tish stage and screen ac­tor who played Min­is­ter for Magic Cor­nelius Fudge in the “Harry Pot­ter’’ movies, has died. He was 91.

His fam­ily said Hardy died Thurs­day af­ter “a tremen­dous life: a gi­ant ca­reer in theatre, tele­vi­sion and film span­ning more than 70 years.’’

Born in 1925, Hardy served in the Royal Air Force dur­ing World War II and stud­ied at Ox­ford Univer­sity, where he be­came friends with an­other as­pir­ing ac­tor, Richard Bur­ton.

He be­gan his ca­reer af­ter the war in Shake­spearean roles on­stage in Strat­ford-upon-Avon.

Be­tween 1978 and 1990, Hardy played the ec­cen­tric vet­eri­nar­ian Siegfried Farnon in “All Crea­tures Great and Small,’’ a pop­u­lar TV se­ries based on James Her­riot’s books about ru­ral life in the York­shire Dales.

Hardy played Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Win­ston Churchill in at least half a dozen films and TV se­ries, in­clud­ing the minis­eries “Win­ston Churchill: The Wilder­ness Years’’ and “War and Re­mem­brance.’’ He also played U.S. Pres­i­dent Franklin D. Roo­sevelt, Churchill’s wartime ally, in both Bri­tish and French TV se­ries.

In a state­ment, 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.’’

They said he was part of the team that raised the Tu­dor war­ship the Mary Rose, which sank off Eng­land’s south coast in 1545.

“Gruff, el­e­gant, twinkly and al­ways dig­ni­fied, he is cel­e­brated by all who knew him and loved him, and every­one who en­joyed his work,’’ the fam­ily said.

Hardy is sur­vived by his chil­dren Paul, Jus­tine and

Emma.

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