Richard Griffiths And Jane Henson Have Died

Richard Griffiths, best known for his performance as Hector in all the various versions of The History Boys (a role he parodied in the first episode of Episodes), as the star of the series Pie In the Sky, and to the younger generation as Uncle Vernon in the Harry Potter films, has died following complications from heart surgery. He was 65.

No stranger to comedy or to science fiction, Griffiths provided the voice of Slartibartfast in Dirk Maggs revival of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio series, and as Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz in the film adaptation. He was also twice considered for the role of the Doctor on Doctor Who, first for the role of the Fifth Doctor in 1981, and again for the role of the Eighth (which some sources claim he had secured), replacing Slevester McCoy had the series not been cancelled in 1989. For me, I will best remember him as Dr. Meinheimer in Naked Gun 2 1/2.

The sadness keeps coming, as Jane Henson, former wife of Muppets creator Jim Henson, has died at the age of 78 following a battle with cancer. Jane was an integral part of the early days of the Henson Company, being a puppeteer herself, and helped Jim to set up his business, and launch Sam & Friends in 1955. While rarely a vocal performer, Jane was often Jim's right hand, literally, in various three hand puppets until the 1960's, when she stopped performing to raise her growing family.

She continued to aid Jim in his work, which eventually led to the invention of Sesame Street and the Muppets, and made her last credited performance during the third season of The Muppet Show. They separated in 1986, but remained close until his death in 1990. Since then, she has operated various charitable foundations. She is survived by her five children, Lisa, Cheryl, Brian, John and Heather, who continue to operate the Jim Henson Company.
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