British actor Robert Hardy died today at age 91, according to the BBC. With a career spanning 70 years and over 100 credits to his name, Hardy is probably best known to modern fans as Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter films.
Hardy began his career at the age of 24 with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He quickly became a household name in the BBC series All Creatures Great and Small. Some of his other more notable roles include as the Husband in a BBC television remake of Rashomon and he played Winston Churchill in three different projects.
Genre fans will remember him from the Harry Potter series as Cornelius Fudge, a member of the Ministry of Magic. Other genre roles include Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, The Death Wheelers, and an episode of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.
His children Emma, Justine, and Paul, said "Dad is also remembered as a meticulous linguist, a fine artist, a lover of music and a champion of literature, as well a highly respected historian, and a leading specialist on the longbow."