Uncle Monty's five finest moments

Following the death of Richard Griffiths, we remember his classic turn as Uncle Monty in Withnail and I.

Sign Up

Get the New Statesman's Morning Call email.

Today brought the sad news of the death of actor Richard Griffiths from complications following heart surgery. Griffths was best known in recent years for playing Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter films but many will remember him most fondly as Uncle Monty in Withnail and I. From the cult classic, here are his five finest moments.

1. "I will never play the Dane."

2. "This is me, naked in a corner."

3. "Oh, my boys! My boys! Forgive me!"

4. "As a youth, I used to weep in butcher shops"

5. "And soon, I suppose, I shall be swept away"

Uncle Monty's drawing room in Withnail and I.