Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Robert Hardy, Cornelius Fudge in 'Harry Potter', Dies at 91

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Robert Hardy, Cornelius Fudge in 'Harry Potter', Dies at 91

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LONDON Robert Hardy, a veteran British stage and screen actor who played Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge in the "Harry Potter" movies, has died. He was 91.

His family said Hardy died Thursday after "a tremendous life: a giant career in theater, television and film spanning more than 70 years."

Born in 1925, Hardy served in the Royal Air Force during World War II and studied at Oxford University, where he became friends with another aspiring actor, Richard Burton.

He began his career after the war in Shakespearean roles onstage in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Between 1978 and 1990, Hardy played the eccentric veterinarian Siegfried Farnon in "All Creatures Great and Small," a popular TV series based on James Herriot's books about rural life in the Yorkshire Dales.

Hardy played British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in at least half a dozen films and TV series, including the miniseries "Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years" and "War and Remembrance. …

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