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Peter Vaughan (1923 - 2016)

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Peter Vaughan (1923 - 2016)

Peter Vaughan, an English character actor who played Maester Aemon on the HBO series "Game of Thrones," died Dec. 6, 2016, in West Sussex, England. He was 93.

Vaughan played the "Game of Thrones" character from 2011 to 2015.

He also played Grouty in three episodes the British sitcom "Porridge" as well as in the movie version. His credits also include the part of Tom Franklin on the British series "Chancer."


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Vaughan was born April 4, 1923, in Wem, England. After he left school, he began playing in English repertory theater. He served in the British army during World War II, serving in Normandy and Belgium, among other places.

He made his film debut in 1959 playing mostly smaller parts. In 1967, however, he starred alongside the U.S. singer and actor Frank Sinatra in "The Naked Runner." His other film credits include "The French Lieutenant's Woman" (1980), "The Remains of the Day" (1993), "The Razor's Edge" (1984), and "The Crucible" (1996).

Of character acting, Vaughan once said it has its benefits: more parts.

"If you're a character actor, you don't need to wait for the next leading role," he said. "But if you are a leading man you have to wait for the next part. Sometimes that means long periods without work."

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