Game of Thrones actor Peter Vaughan sadly passed away yesterday at the age of 93. The character actor played the role of Maester Aemon on the first five seasons of the HBO fantasy series.
A World War II veteran, Vaughan began his illustrious acting career in the theater before enlisting in the army during the war. When he returned to the UK, he went back to the theater. His first TV appearance was in a 1954 TV show called Stage by Stage, with his first big screen appearance being in The 39 Steps five years later. However, his breakthrough role was in Smokescreen (1964) when he was cast in a leading role.
Over the span of 70 years, Peter Vaughan appeared on the London stage and in a wide variety of roles in movies and TV series, including: Village of the Damned (1960), The Saint (1964), The Avengers (1968), Treasure Island (1968), A Warning To The Curious (1972), Porridge (1975-1977), The Crucible (1980), Time Bandits (1981), Brazil (1985), Chancer (1990-1991), The Remains of the Day (1993), An Ideal Husband (1999), The 10th Kingdom (2000), Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) and so many, many more. His last role was actually on Game of Thrones.
His agent Sally Long-Innes said in an official statement yesterday morning: “This is to confirm that very sadly Peter Vaughan has passed away at approximately 10.30 [GMT] this morning. He died peacefully with his family around him.”
Despite his many roles, the one I will always fondly remember Peter Vaughan for is his take on Aemon Targaryen, the kindly, blind Maester of Castle Black (some of you guys may not know this, but when the actor was cast in the role he was also partially blind) who took Samwell Tarly under his wing and was an early supporter of Jon Snow (and, unbeknown to either of them, was his great-great uncle).
And now his watch is ended.
My deepest sympathies to his friends and family.