Richard Griffiths has died, which makes me sad. Even sadder is the fact that I learned this from an internet headline "Harry Potter Actor Griffiths Dies." This is not unlike referring to Marlon Brando as "Superman Actor"--not untrue, but rather missing the point. When the black day comes that we say farewell to Maggie Smith, I will not be responsible for my actions if she's blithely referred to as "Harry Potter Actress." You are forewarned.

I had the enormous good fortune to see Mr. Griffiths in Alan Bennett's The History Boys on Broadway some years ago. I would have liked very much to see it again almost immediately after the curtain call. He was a great actor. I'm sorry he's gone.