'Harry Potter' actor Robert Hardy dead at 91

Robert Hardy has died at the age of 91.

The actor, who appeared in four "Harry Potter" films as Cornelius Fudge, The Minister for Magic, was also known for his starring turn on the British television show "All Creatures Great and Small."

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The news was revealed on Thursday in a statement written by his three children, Emma, Justine and Paul.

"It is with great sadness that the family of Robert Hardy CBE today announced his death, following a tremendous life: a giant career in theatre, television and film spanning more than 70 years," the statement read.

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London, UNITED KINGDOM: British actor Robert Hardy arrives in London's Leicester Square for the European Premiere of his latest film 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix' 03 July 2007. AFP PHOTO/MAX NASH (Photo credit should read MAX NASH/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON - NOVEMBER 06: Actor Robert Hardy arrives at the World Premiere of 'Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire' at the Odeon Leicester Square on November 6, 2005 in London, England. The film is based on the fourth installment of author J. K. Rowling's novel series. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 04: Actor Robert Hardy looks at a screen as he attends at a reception for the British Film Industry at Windsor Castle on April 4, 2013 in Berkshire, England. (Photo by Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 20: Actor Robert Hardy speaks outside the Churchill War Rooms Museum at a Battle of Britain anniversary celebration on August 20, 2010 in London, England. This year commemorates the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON - JULY 03: Robert Hardy attends the 'Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix' UK premiere held at the Odeon Leicester Square on July 3, 2007 in London. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)
LONDON - MAY 30: Actor Robert Hardy and family attend the UK Premiere of 'Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban' at the Odeon Leicester Square on May 30, 2004 in London. The film is the third celluloid instalment of J K Rowling's series of books. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
WAR AND REMEMBRANCE - TV Miniseries - Behind-the-Scenes Coverage - Airdate: November 13, 15 through 17, 20 and 23, 1988 / May 7 through 10 and 14, 1989. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) AUTHOR HERMAN WOUK (2ND FROM R) WITH ACTORS AL RUSCIO (L), RALPH BELLAMY (2ND FROM L) AND ROBERT HARDY
WAR AND REMEMBRANCE - TV Miniseries - Airdate: November 13, 15 through 17, 20 and 23, 1988 / May 7 through 10 and 14, 1989. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) SEATED (L-R): AL RUSCIO;RALPH BELLAMY;ROBERT HARDY
WAR AND REMEMBRANCE - TV Miniseries - Airdate: November 13, 15 through 17, 20 and 23, 1988 / May 7 through 10 and 14, 1989. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) L-R: RALPH BELLAMY;ROBERT HARDY
WAR AND REMEMBRANCE - TV Miniseries - Airdate: November 13, 15 through 17, 20 and 23, 1988 / May 7 through 10 and 14, 1989. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) L-R: ROBERT HARDY;RALPH BELLAMY
Comedy double act Eric Morecambe (centre) and Ernie Wise (kissing the hand) rehearsing a sketch for their Christmas television show with Sir Ralph Richardson (left) and Robert Hardy, London, December 12th 1981. (Photo by Geoff Bruce/Central Press/Getty Images)
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"Dad is also remembered as a meticulous linguist, a fine artist, a lover of music and a champion of literature, as well a highly respected historian, and a leading specialist on the longbow," the statement continued. "He was an essential part of the team that raised the great Tudor warship The Mary Rose."

"Gruff, elegant, twinkly, and always dignified, he is celebrated by all who knew him and loved him, and everyone who enjoyed his work," it finished.

The actor spent his final moments at Denville Hall, which is a retirement home for actors on the outskirts of London.

Hardy was also known for playing Winston Churchill on numerous occasions, voicing Robin Hood in "Tale Spinner for Children" in the 1960s, in addition to countless other roles.

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