Richard Griffiths Biography
(Film and Stage Actor Known for His Stage Play ‘The History Boys’)
Birthday: July 31, 1947 (Leo)
Born In: Thornaby, United Kingdom
Richard Griffiths was an English actor best remembered for his role in Alan Bennett’s play ‘The History Boys,’ for which he garnered numerous awards including a Drama Desk Award and a Tony Award. His portrayal of Dr. Albert Meinheimer in the comedy film ‘The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear’ was also much appreciated. Born in Thornaby-on-Tees, North Yorkshire to a steelworker and a bagger, Griffiths grew up in a dysfunctional family. His parents were both deaf and he communicated with them using sign language. Many a time, he attempted to run away from home. At the age of 15, he dropped out of school and worked briefly for the football betting company Littlewoods. Griffiths later studied drama at the Stockton & Billingham College and continued his education at Manchester Polytechnic School of Drama. One of England’s most-loved character actors, Richard Griffiths died in 2013.