Peter Vaughan, 'Game of Thrones' Star, Dies at 93

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The actor was a U.K. TV and film veteran with a career spanning six decades.

Peter Vaughan, known to legions of Game of Thrones fans as Maester Aemon in the HBO series, has died at the age of 93. 

His agent Sally Long-Innes confirmed the news Tuesday. 

"This is to confirm that very sadly Peter Vaughan passed away at approximately 10.30 this morning," she said. "He died peacefully with his family around him."

Vaughan was a veteran of British TV, starring in shows including Citizen Smith, Chancer, Our Friends in the North and Silk. He is perhaps best remembered for his role as the feared Grouty in the prison-based comedy series Porridge. He also played Aemon TargaryenMaester of the Night's Watch, in the first, third, fourth and fifth seasons of Game of Thrones.

On the big screen, after making his debut in the 1959 remake of Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps, Vaughan starred alongside the likes of Frank Sinatra (1967 spy film The Naked Runner), the fresh faces of Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons (1981's The French Lieutenant's Woman) and Anthony Hopkins (1993's The Remains of the Day, playing Hopkins' father). He also worked with Terry Gilliam, appearing in Time Bandits and Brazil, and was cast in one of the director's ill-fated attempts to make The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. 

Vaughan, who also served with the British armed forces during WWII, was married twice. 

On Tuesday, the official Game of Thrones Twitter account shared news of Vaughan's death, saying, "We are deeply saddened."