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UPI Almanac for Thursday, July 31, 2014

UPI Almanac for Thursday, July 31, 2014

UPI Almanac for Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Richard Curtis talks about creating popular film weddings

Richard Curtis talks about creating popular film weddings

NEW YORK, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- British filmmaker Richard Curtis says the down-side to being famous for your cinematic weddings is having to top yourself with each new big-screen romance.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
At year's end: Hollywood icons mourned: Gandolfini, Monteith, Walker

At year's end: Hollywood icons mourned: Gandolfini, Monteith, Walker

2013 saw the sad passings of numerous titans of the entertainment industry, including "Bathing Beauty" star Esther Williams, "All in the Family" matriarch Jean Stapleton, "Rebecca" actress Joan Fontaine and "Lawrence of Arabia" actor Peter O'Toole.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, July 31, 2013.
By United Press International

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'Harry Potter' actor Richard Griffiths dead at 65 ... Report: ABC's Barbara Walters to retire next year ... Devin Velez eliminated from 'American Idol' ... TNT orders reality series 'Nashville Confidential' ... News from United Press International.
'Harry Potter' actor Richard Griffiths dead at 65

'Harry Potter' actor Richard Griffiths dead at 65

LONDON, March 29 (UPI) -- Tony Award-winning British actor Richard Griffiths has died after complications following heart surgery, his family said. He was 65.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, July 31, 2012.
By United Press International
DeVito to star in 'Sunshine Boys' in U.K.

DeVito to star in 'Sunshine Boys' in U.K.

LONDON, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Danny DeVito is to make his West End debut in the London stage production of Neil Simon's play "The Sunshine Boys," producers said.
Stars turn out for Radcliffe's B'way debut

Stars turn out for Radcliffe's B'way debut

NEW YORK, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Glenn Close, Kathleen Turner and Dominic Cooper were among the stars who turned out for British actor Daniel Radcliffe's Broadway debut in "Equus" Thursday.
Thurman, Lane set for 'Muppets' special

Thurman, Lane set for 'Muppets' special

BURBANK, Calif., Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Hollywood film stars Uma Thurman and Nathan Lane have joined the cast of "A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa," NBC announced Thursday.

Thurman, Martin join 'Muppets Christmas'

NEW YORK, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- The upcoming NBC special "Letters to Santa -- A Muppets Christmas" will feature actress Uma Thurman and actor Jesse L. Martin, The Hollywood Reporter says.
Fishburne, Connick to present at Tonys

Fishburne, Connick to present at Tonys

NEW YORK, June 5 (UPI) -- Actors Laurence Fishburne and Harry Connick Jr. have joined the lineup of presenters at the upcoming "62nd annual Tony Awards" show in New York, CBS said.

Minogue receives queen's award

LONDON, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue has been tapped by Britain's Queen Elizabeth to receive an Order of the British Empire.

'History Boys' film to make debut

LONDON, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- The film "The History Boys," an adaptation of Alan Bennett's award-winning play of the same name, is set to make its debut Friday at theaters across London.

'Harry Potter' star to make nude debut

LONDON, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Actor Daniel Radcliffe, the star of the "Harry Potter" film franchise, is set to make his nude on-stage debut at London's Gielgud Theatre next year.
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Richard Griffiths
Richard Griffiths arrives for the 60th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York on June 11, 2006. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)
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Richard Griffiths, OBE (born 31 July 1947) is an English actor of stage, film and television. He has received the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play, and the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play, all for his role in the play The History Boys. He is also known for his portrayal of Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter films, Uncle Monty in Withnail and I and Henry Crabbe in Pie in the Sky.

Griffiths was born in a house in Westbury Street in Thornaby-on-Tees, Stockton, England to a steelworker father and a bagger mother. He had a Catholic upbringing. The son of deaf parents, he learned sign language at an early age in order to communicate with them. He even developed an ear for dialects that subsequently landed him several ethnic roles. In his childhood he attempted to run away from home many times. He dropped out of Our Lady & St Bede school at age 15 and worked as a porter for a while, but his boss eventually convinced him to go back to school. Here he decided to attend a drama class at Stockton & Billingham College. He continued his education in drama at Manchester Polytechnic School of Drama (which is now known as the Manchester School of Theatre).

After graduating, Griffiths earned a spot on BBC Radio. He also worked in small theatres, sometimes acting and sometimes managing. He built up an early reputation as a Shakespearean clown with portrayals of the Constable in The Comedy of Errors and Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and went on to play the King in Henry VIII.

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