Peter Vaughan, the veteran British actor who played Maester Aemon in “Game of Thrones”, has died. He was 93.

Sally Long-Innes, Vaughan’s agent, said that he died on Tuesday (6th December) morning, surrounded by his family. According to Skynews, Vaughan was married first to the late actress Billie Whitelaw, and then to Lillias Walker, who he met in his repertory days.

Source: ABC
Source: ABC

The star, born Peter Ewart Ohm in 1924, is known as a character actor who rose to fame as Harry ‘Grouty’ Grout in the popular 1970s prison sitcom, “Porridge”. Throughout his illustrious career, he starred alongside Frank Sinatra in “The Naked Runner” (1967), Meryl Streep in “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” (1981)Sir Anthony Hopkins in and “The Remains of the Day” (1993).


In 2011, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” casted him as Maester Aemon Targaryen, older brother of Aegon V Targaryen and Jon Snow’s blind 100-year-old mentor after he joined the Night’s Watch, for 4 series.

Upon hearing the news, some of Vaughan’s famous co-stars and friends have taken to social media to mourn the actor. See their heartfelt tweets here:


“We’re all human. Oh, we all do our duty when there’s no cost to it. Honor comes easy then. Yet sooner or later in every man’s life there comes a day when it’s not easy. A day when he must choose.” – Maester Aemon.

Rest in peace, Peter Vaughan. Our thoughts go out to his family, friends, and loved ones during this difficult time.

Sources: Skynews, Irish Examiner, The Guardian, Lipstiq.

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