Peter Vaughan, who played Nights Watch brother Maester Aemon on “Game of Thrones,” died on Tuesday at age 93.
His agent Sally Long-Innes confirmed the news in a statement to the BBC, saying, “This is to confirm that very sadly Peter Vaughan passed away at approximately 10:30 this morning. He died peacefully with his family around him.”
Vaughan was best known to American audiences for playing the blind maester for five seasons on “Game of Thrones,” but he has been well known to British audiences for decades. He began appearing on TV as early as the 1950s.
His most memorable roles include his turn as the villain Harry Grout in “Porridge,” a series about a man trying to get through a five year prison term, and Felix Hutchinson in the miniseries “Our Friends in the North,” for which he earned a BAFTA nomination.
Vaughan also enjoyed a long film career. He collaborated with Terry Gilliam on both “Brazil,” in which he played Mr. Helpmann, and in “Time Bandits,” in which he played Winston the Ogre.
He also played Giles Corey in the film adaptation of “The Crucible” opposite Daniel Day-Lewis, and William Stevens in “The Remains of the Day,” which starred Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.