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LONDON (CBS4) – Actor Robert Hardy has died, according to his family.

The Guardian reports Hardy’s children, Emma, Justine, and Paul said: “Gruff, elegant, twinkly, and always dignified, he is celebrated by all who knew him and loved him, and everyone who enjoyed his work.

“We are immensely grateful to the team at Denville Hall [a London retirement home for actors] for the tender care they gave during his last weeks.”

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Actor Robert Hardy arrives in London’s Leicester Square for the European Premiere of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Photo credit should read MAX NASH/AFP/Getty Images)

Hardy had a career in film and television that spanned 70 years, including a portrayal of Winston Churchill, a stint as an actor at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, and, perhaps the role he may best be known for, as Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter movies.

Hardy was 91.

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