“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”.
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.