Griffith was educated in local schools and attempted to gain entrance to the university, but failed the English examination. He was then urged to make a career in banking. He became a bank clerk and transferred to London to be closer to acting opportunities. Just as he was making progress and gained admission to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, he had to suspend his plans in order to serve in the army in India and Burma during World War II. He resumed his acting career in 1947.
Griffith began his film career in British films during the late 1940s, and by the 1950s was also appearing in Hollywood films.
He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Ben-Hur (1959), and received a second nomination for his role in Tom Jones (1963).
He received an honorary degree from the University of Wales in Bangor in 1980.
He died in London, England.
Hugh Griffith Facts
|Birthday||May 30, 1912|
|Birthplace||Marian Glas, Wales, United Kingdom|
|Date of death||May 14, 1980 (age 67)|
|Awards||1960 Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor (for Ben-Hur)|