Robert Hardy played Cor­nelius Fudge in Harry Pot­ter movies

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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 the Sec­ond World War 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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