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Robert Hardy (b. 1925) is a British character actor who appeared in Gulliver's Travels as Bedlam adminstrator Dr. Parnell. Hardy has frequently played historical personages, ranging from Winston Churchill and Benito Mussolini to Prince Albert.
In films, he plays Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter movies, and has also appeared in Young Winston (co-starring Anne Bancroft), Kenneth Branagh's Frankenstein, and the 2005 version of Lassie. In television, Hardy starred as Dr. Siegfried Farnon on All Creatures Great and Small and guest starred on Mrs. Columbo, The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes (as master blackmailer Charles Augustus Milverton), Buck Rogers and the 25th Century, and Upstairs, Downstairs; the latter is one of six appearances Hardy made on Masterpiece Theater showcases.