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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.

[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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