Actor, Hugh Griffith, was born Hugh Emrys Griffith on May 30, 1912 in Marian Glas, Anglesey. Griffith died at the age of 68 on May 14, 1980 in London, UK and was laid to rest in Golders Green Crematorium Cemetery in Golders Green, Greater London, England.
Hugh Griffith was a fierce-eyed, bushy-browed, Welsh actor noted for his extravagantly scene-stealing character portraits in both British and Hollywood flicks. A former bank clerk, he changed careers to acting in his middle-twenties and quickly proved himself on the stage before moving to the screen in the 1940s. By the 1950s he became a well sought after actor in Hollywood and eventually won the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award in 1959 for his portrayal of the Sheikh in Ben-Hur. He would be nominated again in 1963 for his role as Squire Western in Tom Jones.(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).
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Hugh Griffith was nominated for two Academy Awards, winning one for Best Supporting Actor for Ben-Hur (as Sheik Ilderim) in 1959.
|1959||Best Supporting Actor||Ben-Hur (1959)||Sheik Ilderim||Won|
|1963||Best Supporting Actor||Tom Jones (1963)||Squire Western||Nominated|
Squire Allworthy: [to Tom, when not expected to recover from a carriage accident] I am convinced, my boy, that you have much goodness, generosity and honor in your nature. If you will add prudence and religion to those, you must be happy.
Squire Western: [commenting on Sophie's playing the harpsichord] You play like an angel.
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