The Game of Thrones and acting community at large is in mourning after the passing of Peter Vaughan earlier today. The actor is perhaps best known to Game of Thrones fans as Maester Aemon Targaryen in the first, third, fourth and fifth seasons of the show. Here's what his agent, Sally Long-Innes, had to say in a brief statement about her client's death.
"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."
Several outlets including The Hollywood Reporter reported on the actor's passing, while the official Game of Thrones Twitter sent out a tribute to the actor, statying the show' is "saddened by the passing" of Peter Vaughan. While the actor may be best known to younger generations for his role on Game of Thrones, Peter Straughan's impressive career spanned more than 60 years.
Peter Vaughan was born Peter Ewart Ohm on April 4, 1923 in Wem Shopshire, England, and he began his acting career on the stage before transitioning to films and television. He made his feature film debut in 1959 with a small role in The 39 Steps, while appearing in guest-starring roles in a number of shows such as Saturday Playhouse, Inside Story, Deadline Midnight and A Chance of Thunder, just to name a few. He would go on to portray Bill Sikes in the 1962 Oliver Twist mini-series, and star in a number of British TV shows such as Citizen Smith, Chancer, Our Friends in the North and Silk. He is still best known to many fans as Harry Grout in the 1975 prison series Porridge.
On the big screen, Peter Vaughan would go on to star in The Naked Runner with Frank Sinatra, Straw Dogs alongside Dustin Hoffman, The Mackintosh Man with Paul Newman and The French Lieutenant's Woman with then-rising stars Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons. He also became a favorite of director Terry Gilliam, who cast him as Winston the Ogre in Time Bandits, Mr. Helpmann in Brazil, and he also had a role in the director's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, which never saw the light of day after numerous production troubles.
His other big-screen credits include Haunted Honeymoon with Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner, King of the Wind with Richard Harris, The Remains of the Day with Anthony Hopkins, The Crucible with Daniel Day-Lewis and 2007's Death at a Funeral with Alan Tudyk. His last feature film role was in 2011's Albatross, alongside Jessica Brown Findlay, Harry Treadaway and Julia Ormond. The actor is survived by his wife of 50 years, actress Lillias Walker. Take a look at the tribute tweet sent out in honor of the late Peter Vaughan.