The man who gave life to one of the characters of “Harry Potter” had his last breath on Christmas Day. David Ryall, who was known as Elphias Doge in the classic J. K. Rowling masterpiece, died on Dec. 25, 2014 at age 79. The news was confirmed by his daughter, Charlie Ryall, on Twitter last Dec. 27, 2014.
The cause of Ryall’s death was not announced.
Other than his mainstream success in “Harry Potter,” he was a veteran British actor in TV, theater and film. His career lasted for more than five decades.
In 2010, Ryall appeared as Elphias Doge in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” to replace Peter Cartwright. Doge was Albus Dumbledore’s close friend, a member of the Order of the Phoenix and a jurist in the Ministry of Magic.
He also starred in famous movies like “The Elephant Man” as a man with prostitutes, “Around the World in 80 Days” as Lord Salisbury, “Truly, Madly, Deeply” as George and “City of Ember” as Chief Builder.
The veteran actor had his career beginnings on the stage. At a young age, he joined the National Theatre with Laurence Olivier’s company. He was part of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” by Tom Stoppard, “Animal Farm” by George Orwell and “The Beggar’s Opera” by John Gay.
He appeared in TV shows such as “The Village” as Britain’s oldest man, “The Singing Detective” as Mr. Hall, an adaptation of “House of Cards” by Andrew Davies, ITV’s “Midsomer Murders” as Bob Moss, “Holby City” as various characters named Alfred Stewart, Walter Samuels and Billy Harvey, “Casualty” as Tom Harley, Dr. James Baker and Eddie Gash and British sitcom “Goodnight Sweetheart” as Eric.
His most recent appearance was in the BBC comedy “Outnumbered.” He played the grandfather named Frank who suffered from dementia.
The British actor is survived by three children who are as talented as him. Jonathan Ryall is a music manager, Imogen Ryall, a singer and Charlie Ryall, an actress.
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