- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Peter Vaughan, the British actor who played Maester Aemon on the HBO fantasy series “Game of Thrones,” passed away Tuesday morning. He was 93.

“He died peacefully with his family around him,” said his agent, Sally Long-Innes, the London Daily Telegraph Tuesday reported.

Born Peter Ohm in 1923, Vaughan caught the acting bug as a teenager, performing in a repertory company in the West Midlands before serving in the British Army in World War II, reported The Guardian. 

Vaughan’s first role on the silver screen wasn’t until 1959, according to his Internet Movie Database (IMDb) biography. It was five years later when he had something of a breakout role in the 1964 crime drama “Smokescreen,” the London Evening Standard said.

A veteran character actor on the silver and small screens, he may be best remembered by older Britons for his role as Harry “Grouty” Grout in the 1970s BBC sitcom “Porridge.”

While not a leading man, Vaughn knew how to hold his own against the egos of marquee talent. Speaking of Frank Sinatra, with whom he appeared in 1960s spy thrill “The Naked Runner,” he once said, “The great thing about Frank was that you had to stand up to him very quickly. If you did that, he respected you, otherwise he’d walk all over you,” according to the Telegraph.

Vaughan is survived by his wife of 50 years, actress Lillias Walker, as well as their son, David and two stepdaughters, The Guardian reported.

 


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