British actor Peter Vaughan, best known for his role as Grand Maester Aemon Targaryen in Game of Thrones has died at the age of 93. His many other roles included parts in TV shows Citizen Smith, Chancer and Our Friends in the North. His agent Sally Long-Innes said:
“This is to confirm that very sadly Peter Vaughan passed away at approximately 10.30 this morning. He died peacefully with his family around him.” Vaughan began acting in the 1950s and became a recognisable face by playing numerous mainly supporting roles on stage, television, radio and film. He specialised in characters with a tough edge – such as police officers, secret agents and authoritarian elders.
His best-known parts included: Jon Snow’s blind, scholarly mentor Maester Aemon Targaryen in HBO’s epic fantasy Game of Thrones
The menacing villain Harry Grout in Porridge, which remained his most famous part, despite the fact he only appeared in a handful of episodes
The strict father of Robert Lindsay’s girlfriend in the first two series of another 1970s comedy, Citizen Smith
Town patriarch Tom Hedden in Straw Dogs, the controversial film made by Sam Peckinpah, whom Vaughan described as “one of the best directors ever”
Felix, the dementia-suffering father of Christopher Eccleston’s character in landmark TV drama Our Friends in the North, which earned him a Bafta nomination
The ageing butler William Stevens, the father of Anthony Hopkins’s character in Merchant Ivory’s film The Remains of the Day
Vaughan was married to actress Billie Whitelaw for 14 years until 1966 and then married Lillias Walker. He was the father-in-law of Gregor Fisher, the actor best known for playing comic character Rab C Nesbitt.
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