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Rob Knox (August 21, 1989 — May 24, 2008)

Young English actor Robert Arthur Knox seemed to be on the cusp of a promising acting career. He was known for playing Marcus Belby in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Previously he had appeared in numerous British TV shows and had been an extra in the 2004 film, King Arthur. Tragically, his life was cut short on May 24, 2008, when Knox was stabbed five times in the chest outside a London bar. He was trying to defend his brother from an attack. Knox was a mere 18 years old. His killer, Karl Bishop, was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 20 years. An annual film festival, was created in commemoration as well as a foundation to help fund training for young local people in the arts.As The Half-Blood Prince was released in 2009, Knox appeared posthumously. Though his character wasn’t to appear in the final Harry Potter film (The Deathly Hollows), Knox had signed on to appear in the film, which was released in November 2010.

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