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|Also Known As:||Timothy Sydney Robert Hardy,Bob Hardy||Died:||August 3, 2017|
|Born:||October 29, 1925||Cause of Death:||Undisclosed natural causes|
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Born in Cheltenham, England in 1925, Robert Hardy interrupted his education at Oxford to serve in the Royal Air Force during WWII, training in Texas and even visiting Los Angeles. After the war he returned to Oxford and completed his degree in English Literature, studying under C.S Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Instead of continuing in academia, Hardy was drawn to the stage and quickly honed his craft. In 1959, he played opposite Laurence Olivier in Shakespeare's "Coriolanus." Although his career was wide and varied, Hardy was known for three main parts. First was the lead role, eccentric vet Siegfried Farnon on the beloved British series "All Creatures Great and Small" (BBC1, 1978-1990). Hardy first portrayed Winston Churchill in 1981, on the BBC mini-series "Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years" (ITV, 1981). He won a BAFTA for his portrayal and went on to play the legendary Prime Minister another mini-series, "War and Remembrance" (ABC, 1988-89), as well a number of movies and plays. His third 'signature' role came in 2002, when he first played Cornelius Fudge, the powerful Minister of Magic, in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" (2002). Hardy would reprise his role in the beloved series in three more films: "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (2004), "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2005), and "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (2007). Hardy passed away in 2017.
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Timothy Sydney Robert Hardy, CBE (born October 29, 1925) is an English actor with a long career in the theatre, film and television. He is also an acknowledged expert on the longbow. Hardy was born in Cheltenham, England to Jocelyn (Dugdale) and Henry Harrison Hardy. He was educated at Rugby School and Magdelen College, Oxford University where he gained a BA Honours degree in English. Hardy began his career as a classical actor, It was while playing Henry V that Hardy developed an interest in medieval warfare, and he later wrote and presented an acclaimed television documentary on the subject of the Battle of Agincourt. He has also written two books on the subject of the Longbow, Over the years, Hardy has played a huge range of parts on television and film. His most famous role was as Siegfried Farnon in the long-running All Creatures Great and Small (1978–1990), a stylish and much loved adaptation of James Herriot's novels. Some feel Hardy brought just the right touch of eccentricity and belligerence to the part of Siegfried. He has played former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in several productions but his most recent roles were as Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter movies, and as Lord Malan in His Master's Voice. He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours of 1981.
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