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Peter Vaughan (born April 4, 1923 in Shropshire, England) is a British character actor, known for many supporting roles in a variety of British film and television productions.

He has worked extensively on the stage, becoming known for roles such as police inspectors, Soviet agents and similar parts.

He became known for his performances on television, including supporting roles in Porridge (as Grouty) and Citizen Smith (although his role in the latter series was taken over by Tony Steedman). His role in Porridge brought him a great deal of public recognition, despite the fact that his character appeared in only three episodes. He attained particular acclaim for his supporting role as the alzheimers sufferer Felix Hutchinson across thirty years of his life in Our Friends in the North (BBC Two, 1996), a role which gained him a Best Actor nomination at the 1997 British Academy Television Awards. He played the lead character, the patriarch Billy Fox in the television series Fox, He has also appeared in many literary adaptations, such as Bleak House (BBC One, 1986) and Our Mutual Friend (BBC Two, 1998).

In film, he made his debut in 1959 and continued to play small roles for several years, before gaining his first starring role in a minor picture called Smokescreen (1964). Perhaps his highest-profile film performance has been as Anthony Hopkins' character's father in Remains of the Day (1993). He was also cast in Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, but had not shot any material before that project was abandoned. He had previously appeared for Gilliam in Time Bandits and Brazil.

Vaughan has been married twice, on the first occasion to Billie Whitelaw.

Article text released under CC-BY-SA. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Peter Vaughan" (11-Mar-2006)


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