Hugh Emrys Griffith
(30 May 1912 – 14 May 1980) was an Oscar-winning Welsh
film, stage and television actor
, May 21, 1980.
Griffith was born in Marianglas, Anglesey
, the son of Mary and William Griffith. He was educated at Llangefni County School and attempted to gain entrance to university, but failed the English examination. He was then urged to make a career in banking, becoming a bank clerk and transferring to London
to be closer to acting opportunities. Just as he was making progress and gained admission to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts
, he had to suspend his plans in order to serve in the army in India
during World War II
. He resumed his acting career in 1946.
Between 1946 and 1976, Griffith won acclaim for many stage roles, in particular for his portrayals of Falstaff, Lear and Prospero. Griffiths acted on both sides of the Atlantic, taking leading roles in London, New York and Stratford. In 1952 he starred in the Broadway adaption of Legend of Lovers
, alongside fellow Welsh actor Richard Burton
. In 1958 he was back in New York, this time taking a lead role in the opening production of Look Homeward, Angel