The Cricket’s Daily 3: R.I.P., ‘Uncle Vernon’
Published: March 29, 2013 09:43AM
Updated: March 29, 2013 09:43AM
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Richard Griffiths of "The History Boys" poses for a picture with his Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in Play at the 60th Annual Tony Awards in this Sunday, June 11, 2006 file photo in New York. Griffiths, the British actor who played the boy wizard’s unsympathetic Uncle Vernon in the "Harry Potter" movies, has died. He was 65. Agent Simon Beresford announced Friday March 2013 that Griffiths died Thursday of complications following heart surgery at University Hospital of Coventry in central England. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, file)

Here’s what’s happening this weekend in pop culture:

• British character actor Richard Griffiths has died at the age of 65. He’s best recognized in the States for playing Vernon Dursley, Harry Potter’s nasty uncle — but he also had significant roles in “Withnail & I” and “The History Boys” (reprising the stage role that won him a Tony). [The Guardian]

• Reports say Barbara Walters will retire in 2014, ending the 83-year-old TV journalist and personality’s trail-blazing career. [CNN International]

• After 25 seasons and lots of arrests, “America’s Most Wanted” has been canceled by Lifetime. [Vulture]