LONDON, Dec. 6 (UPI) — “Game of Thrones” actor Peter Vaughan died Tuesday at age 93.
The British star’s agent, Sally Long-Innes, told the BBC in a statement that Vaughan “passed away at approximately 10:30 this morning. He died peacefully with his family around him.”
Vaughan started his film career in the 1950s, and landed his first starring role in the 1964 movie “Smokescreen.” He later appeared in such films as “Straw Dogs” (1971), “The Remains of the Day” (1993) and “The Crucible” (1996).
Vaughan was also known for playing Harry Grout on the BBC One sitcom “Porridge” in the 1970s. He more recently portrayed Maester Aemon on the first five seasons of the HBO drama “Game of Thrones.”
“It’s been an absolute privilege to have worked on it for the past five years at my time of life because it’s absolutely first class,” the actor said of “Game of Thrones” in an interview with the Sunday Post in June 2015.
“It’s just grown and grown and once you’re hooked, that’s it,” he added of the show’s popularity. “People like the fact that no character is ever totally safe.”
“Game of Thrones” co-executive producer Bryan Cogman was among those to mourn Vaughan’s death on social media. The actor is survived by Lillias Walker, his second wife, and stepdaughter Victoria Burton.
“Rest in Peace to our own Maester Aemon, Peter Vaughan, who passed away this morning at age 93. Truly an honor to have known him,” Cogman tweeted.