A veteran film, television and stage actor who was known for his role in the “Harry Potter” movies has died. British actor Robert Hardy, who played Cornelius Fudge, the Minister for Magic, in four “Potter” films, died today at Denville Hall, a home for retired actors in the London area. He was 91.
His family confirmed his death, according to media reports.
Hardy received acclaim for many of his roles over the span of a long career, including a BAFTA nomination, his second, for his performance in the title role of the 1981 miniseries “Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years.” He was also BAFTA-nominated for playing Siegfried Farnon in the long-running British TV series “All Creatures Great and Small.”
He debuted the character of Cornelius Fudge in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” in 2002, reprising the role in the subsequent “Potter” installments “Prisoner of Azkaban” (2004), “Goblet of Fire” (2005) and “Order of the Phoenix” (2007).
Better known to British audiences, Hardy had a long career on U.K. television that included a run as Alec Stewart on “Mogul” from 1966-1970 and the title role in the 1956 series “David Copperfield.”
In 1981 Hardy was appointed a Commander in the Order of the British Empire.
Here’s a short “Harry Potter” clip that includes an appearance by Hardy as Cornelius Fudge …