Peter Vaughan was known to many for his role as Maester Aemon Targaryen in the hit series Game of Thrones. He was part of the cast for the first five seasons of the show.
In a report by Deadline, Vaughan’s agent, Sally Long-Innes, confirmed on Tuesday that the actor has passed away: “This is to confirm that very sadly Peter Vaughan has passed away at approximately 10.30 [GMT] this morning. He died peacefully with his family around him.”
Who was Peter Vaughan?
Peter Vaughan was a regular character actor who appeared on shows in the UK in the likes of Our Friends in the North, Chancer, and Citizen Smith.
Vaughan had been in the industry for seven decades. He seldom played lead roles but was frequently shown on stage, on screen and on TV.
But before making it on the big screen, Vaughan started in theater on the Wolverhampton Repertory. Aside from being an actor, he was part of the army during World War II and served as an officer in Normandy and Belgium before being transferred to the Far East.
He debuted on film in 1959 in a version of The 39 Steps, where he played a policeman. His first breakthrough role came 5 years later, when he had a leading role as an insurance investigator in Jim O’Connolly’s Smokescreen.
Peter Vaughan was best known in the UK for his role as the villain Harry “Grouty” Grout in the prison sitcom Porridge by BBC. Despite appearing on only three episodes, he was a fan favorite.
But Vaughan has been known to the new set of viewers for bringing to life the character of the elderly and blind Maester of the Night’s Watch, Aemon Targaryen. His character was sympathetic to Jon Snow in the HBO shows. To many, he will be remembered for his role on the Game of Thrones.
Vaughan was cast as Maester Aemon at age 90. Little do fans know that he was partially blind at the time, similar to the role he is portraying.