Members of the Game of Thrones cast expressed their grief over the death of actor Peter Vaughan, who played the role of Maester Aemon in the hit HBO series.
Peter Vaughan reportedly died on the morning of Dec. 6 at the age of 93, as confirmed by his agent, Sally Long-Innes.
“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,” Long-Innes said.
After news of his death broke out, Game of Thrones stars paid tribute to the well-respected actor who regularly appeared on British TV shows and movies for about 50 years of his acting career.
“And now his watch is ended,” wrote actor Daniel Portman, who plays the role of Podrick Payne on GoT. “Lucky to meet him briefly once, a wonderful actor and lovely man. Sleep well, Peter Vaughan.”
Meanwhile, Breneck O’Connor, who plays the role of Olly in the series, also tweeted the popular GoT phrase used whenever a member of the Night’s Watch dies (“Now his watch is ended”).
“Deeply saddened to hear that Peter Vaughan has passed away at 93. A kind and talented man. His watch is ended x,” O’Connor wrote.
Meanwhile, fellow member of the Night’s Watch, actor Luke Barnes, said he felt “absolutely gutted” over the actor’s death.
“Even in his old age he refused to sit whilst anyone else was standing. Absolute gentlemen,” he wrote. “Not often you get to work with an actual legend. He was so kind and so gentle and so interesting.”
Joining the other GoT cast in mourning, Owen Teale, who played Ser Allister Thorne in the HBO series, said that Vaughan was an inspiration to him.
“He was a gentle giant, he really was. And as I speak about him I miss him very much. And the memories I have I cherish,” Teale said.
Long before he was known as the blind, scholarly and wise Maester Aemon Targaryen of Castle Black in Game of Thrones, Peter Vaughan starred in films and shows that proved he was a treasure of the British show business.
In the 70’s, Vaughan was best known for his role in TV series Citizen Smith and Our Friends in the North, as Christopher Eccleston’s father.
“He had a wonderful quality of being menacing at the same time funny, not an easy thing to pull off,” Clement noted of Vaughan’s acting skills.
Vaughan also appeared in 1967 thriller film, The Naked Runner with Frank Sinatra. He was also well-loved for his role as Harry “Grouty” Grout in the TV sitcom, Porridge, among others.
Vaughan is survived by his second wife, Lillias Walker; son David and twin step-daughters.