Richard Griffiths dead, raised from poverty to fame, lived well


“And soon, I suppose, I shall be swept away by some vulgar little tumour.” Said Richard Griffiths in the film Withnail without knowledge that one day the same words would define his death. Stardom brings with it its own share of challenges. For 30 years after the movie, Richard Griffiths has died at the age of 65. Fans usually recited these lines to him in the street to which Griffiths said “They quote stuff and expect me to know it,” “I find that very odd”.

FILE - Actor Richard Griffiths Dies Aged 65

What’s strange is the fact that an actor who became famous for his generosity, has started life so difficult times that he had to rely on medical supervision. When Griffiths was eight years old, he was treated for a problem with pituitary gland. The health complication resulted in slowing down his metabolism and led him to gain 60 per cent of his body weight within a year. Griffiths used to be targeted previously by by bigger boys but this time Griffiths used his new size to deal with the threat. He however got the chance of beating up two boys once, who had thrown an apple at him. “It was the best fight I ever had,” he said.

Source: The Independent, New York Times, Guardian

Published by Bhavesh Kumar

A multi-talented media professional with diverse experience spanning across journalism (digital and broadcast), management consultancy and documentary filmmaking. Worked for the leading newspaper (the Times of India) and news broadcaster (NDTV India) on their web portal, feature stories, shooting, scripting, programming and editing broadcast news. A creative mindset focused on executing new-age strategic communication initiatives with all its corresponding elements (clear and coherently written key messages, social media marketing and multimedia content) to ensure effective target audience impressions. Also, worked on several primary and secondary market research projects (Market Feasibility Study) for business expansion into new markets.

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