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Robert Hardy [Aug. 4th, 2017|11:30 am]
Tony Grist
 As a way of tipping my hat to Robert Hardy- who has just died at an advanced age- I watched a couple of clips of the TV show Manhunt (1969-70)- in which he played the anti-hero- Gratz- a chippy, love-lorn Nazi policeman- a sort of powder keg on legs- who succeeds in alienating our sympathies from the British bulldogs who might have been supposed to be the heroes. His performance is every bit as riveting as I remember. He started out in the classics- but came into his own on television- most famously in a popular show about vets which I never watched- and as a serial impersonator of Winston Churchill. He wasn't quite a star or quite a character actor but something in-between- as so many of the best-loved performers are. Millennials will remember him as Cornelius Fudge- a memorable performance in the huge mosaic of memorable performances that is the Potter franchise.
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2017-08-04 12:10 pm (UTC)
I'm seeing a sharp age divide between those who are mourning the Minister of Magic and those who are mourning Siegfried Farnon, and I fall on the old side. (Of course I loved both the books and the TV series.)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-08-04 05:46 pm (UTC)
It was a long career. I show my age by remembering almost the whole of it. And the character I'm mourning most is Sergeant Gratz who made an indelible impression on me when I was 18.
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2017-08-04 07:35 pm (UTC)
That sounds like the kind of thing I'd enjoy, though it has passed me by!
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2017-08-04 12:55 pm (UTC)
It seems like Robert Hardy was in every single British Import over here on PBS,, and turned up inthe oddest places. He was good in the Herriot series, but so much better in a lot of stuff. And yes. who could forget Cornelius Fudge. He will live on, celuloidally and otherwise.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-08-04 05:48 pm (UTC)
He was one of those actors one is always pleased to see.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2017-08-04 06:53 pm (UTC)
Yes he was. He will be missed...

Edited at 2017-08-04 06:54 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2017-08-04 02:14 pm (UTC)
I cried a little when I heard the news. I remember him best as Siegfried, of course -- and also as the charming but despicable politician in an episode of The Duchess of Duke Street. Then, of course, there was 1995's Sense and Sensibility.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-08-04 05:49 pm (UTC)
I doubt that he ever gave a bad performance.
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