The great Richard Griffiths passed away yesterday, leaving quite a large void in the world of comedy. He was best known to the world as Harry Potter’s uncle, but to those of us who have spent more time in the arena of the unwell, he will always be Uncle Monty.
I can think of no better tribute, at the moment, than to point you to this previously posted podcast, which leads off with Griffiths’ legendary soliloquy from Withnail and I concerning “breakfasts that set in,” “the last island of beauty in the world,” and of course “some vulgar little tumor.” In fact it was the heart, I think, that got him in the end — now, indeed, he shall never play the Dane. Good night, sweet prince.
Rats….rats and damn
Withnail and I is a great movie, too many american folks have no idea about this wonderful flick.
I will always try to go on holiday by mistake
Withnail: “We’ve gone on holiday by mistake. We’re in this cottage here. Are you the farmer?”
I: “Stop saying that Withnail, of course he’s the fucking farmer”
Oh, and Bill….get back in touch, punk
That’s not a photograph of the actor Richard Griffiths, but of a vacuum cleaner salesman of the same name from the early 1980s.
The actor looked like this in the mid-70s:
Huh…thanks for the heads-up.