Cor­nelius Fudge in ‘Harry Pot­ter’ movies

ROBERT HARDY, 1925 - 2017

Los Angeles Times - - OBITUARIES - news.obits@la­times.com

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 in Lon­don on Thurs­day.

Born in 1925, Hardy be­gan his ca­reer in Shake­spearean roles on­stage in Strat­ford-upon-Avon in the years af­ter World War II.

He played avun­cu­lar vet­eri­nar­ian Siegfried Farnon in the TV drama “All Crea­tures Great and Small” be­tween 1978 and 1990, and por­trayed British Prime Min­is­ter Win­ston Churchill on­screen half a dozen times.

In a state­ment Thurs­day, 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 also part of the team that raised 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.

Nick Ansell As­so­ci­ated Press

‘GRUFF, EL­E­GANT ... AND AL­WAYS DIG­NI­FIED’ Robert Hardy, shown in 2015, played an avun­cu­lar vet­eri­nar­ian in the TV drama “All Crea­tures Great and Small” and por­trayed British Prime Min­is­ter Win­ston Churchill on­screen half a dozen times.

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