A legendary actor passed away today at the age of 91. Robert Hardy has appeared on film since the late 1950s. In recent memory, he’s most famous for his role as Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter series.
Today, Hardy’s family released a statement celebrating the man’s long storied career in film, which has spanned over seven decades. They say he lived a “tremendous life,” and attained “a giant career in theatre, television, and film spanning more than 70 years”.
Hardy is also remembered for his various portrayals of Winston Churchill. Today, we pay homage to this great man of film. Look below and appreciate the late great Robert Hardy’s words of wisdom.
Robert Hardy Quotes: Best Quotes & Most-Famous Sayings
“Playing villains is half the fun, and you may not be an absolute villain yourself, but finding something in the villain, the horrid creature, that you enjoy.”
[on his role as Cornelius Fudge in Harry Potter] “I was kicked out in the end because I was just too expensive. It was great fun while it lasted, the boys and girls were all absolutely splendid. I had a ball fooling around with old friends like Maggie Smith. Thanks to those films I get the most extraordinary amount of fan mail from all over the world, even China.”
[on Daniel Craig] “I don’t think he’s a good actor, but he’s very good at jumping.”
[on Dominic West as Richard Burton] “He was hopeless. He wasn’t tough enough, he wasn’t dangerous enough, he wasn’t Welsh enough.”
[on Helena Bonham Carter as Elizabeth Taylor] “She was brilliant, absolutely brilliant. She got the spirit of her and sounded like her.”
[on Timothy Spall as Winston Churchill] “Absolutely awful.”
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