Actor Peter Vaughan was known for his convincing character roles, and most recently, he played blind Maester Aemon in HBO’s Game of Thrones. On Tuesday, Vaughan’s agent, Sally Long-Innes, confirmed his death to BBC News. “This is to confirm that very sadly Peter Vaughan passed away at approximately 10.30 this morning. He died peacefully with his family around him.”
From 1952 to 1966, Vaughan was married to actress Billie Whitelaw, who passed away on December 21, 2014. Whitelaw was an English stage and television actress, perhaps best known for her role as the evil nanny Mrs. Baylock in the 1976 horror film The Omen, which earned her the Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actress. Whitelaw trained at RADA, and made her film debut in 1954 in the film The Sleeping Tiger. The actress received a number of accolades over the course of her career, including the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her role in Charlie Bubbles opposite Albert Finney. Whitelaw was also known for her work with playwright Samuel Beckett– she inspired many of his Beckett’s pieces and he even dubbed her the “perfect actress”. After Vaughan, she was married to writer and critic Robert Muller until his death in 1998.
Vaughan met his second wife, Lillias Walker, during his repertory theater days. At the time of his death, the couple lived with their son, David, and his twin step-daughters in Mannings Heath, West Sussex, according to the Daily Mail.
Vaughan’s acting career spanned more than seven decades. He will best be remembered for his role as Harry Grout in the timeless sitcom Porridge, and Aemon Targaryen in Game of Thrones. Vaughan’s other notable roles include Robert Lindsay’s father in Citizen Smith, and the butler in The Remains of the Day.
The British actor stuck with stage acting until well into his mid-30s. Vaughan’s film debut came in 1959, and he continued to play a handful of smaller roles until landing the lead in the 1964 movie Smokescreen. In 1967, he acted opposite Frank Sinatra in The Naked Runner. Vaughan worked with a number of legendary actors over the course of his career, including Anthony Hopkins, who played his son in the 1993 film, The Remains of the Day.
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