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'Harry Potter' Actor Sam Beazley Dead At 101 (Photos)

| by Jonathan Constante

Actor Sam Beazley has died at the age of 101.

Beazley was best known for his role as Professor Everard in the film "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," Mirror Online reported. He died peacefully at age 101.

"Actor and artist, died in his sleep 12th June 2017, aged 101," a tribute by The Times read, according to Mirror. "Beloved brother-in-law, uncle and great uncle. Funeral on 21st June, at Mortlake Crematorium, 2pm."

Beazley enjoyed success as an actor not only in film but on stage as well. He began his career as a teenager in the 1930s with roles in "Hamlet" (1934) and "Romeo and Juliet" (1935).

The veteran actor also served in World War II. After returning to the states, he took a break from acting and owned an antique shop for several decades.

Beazley would make his return to acting at 75 years old. He took on roles in film and on stage. Some of the films included British comedies "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason" and "Johnny English." He also made appearances in two episodes of "Little Britain" in 2005, "Midsomer Murders," "Doctors," and "Casualty."

In 2007, Beazley would take on his biggest role yet as Professor Everard Beazley in the film adaptation of J.K. Rowling's fifth Harry Potter novel, "The Order of the Phoenix." The role in the hit franchise series established the seasoned actor as one of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry's most celebrated teachers.

In the film, Beazley appeared as a portrait hanging in Professor Dumbledore's office and in the Ministry of Magic's Headquarters, according to the Daily Mail. He also appeared in the 1995 version of "Pride and Prejudice" and in "Foyle's War."

Beazley was the oldest living actor from the franchise prior to his death.

Several social media users and Harry Potter fans paid tribute to the late actor.

"What a wonderfully rich and varied acting career and working almost to the end," wrote one social media user. "RIP, Mr. Beazley, and enjoy the reunion with all your acting colleagues who went before you. You will certainly have some tales to tell."

"So he was born during WW 1 ... amazing lifespan!" wrote another.

"Raise your wands for Professor Everard," another user wrote.

"God bless and goodnight dear sir," wrote another.

The Harry Potter film franchise was one of the highest growing franchises in history. Each film grossed an average of almost $266 million, according to Box Office Mojo.

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