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Gwilym Hughes and Roy CastleIf you think you watch too many movies... think again. Gwilym Hughes - who has died at the age of 65 - notched up more than 28,000 movies since he began watching them in 1953. That works out at about two films every three days.

Mr Hughes, from Dolgellau in Gwynedd, holds the Guinness World Record for the number of films he has seen and recently averaged up to 14 films a week. He saw his first movie, King Solomon's Mines, in 1953 but his favourite film remained Lawrence of Arabia, directed by David Lean.

In an interview in 2008, Mr Hughes revealed how an illness when he was a child left him in hospital for two-and-a-half years but then watching King Solomon's Mines "clicked my imagination".

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Gwilym Hughes and Roy CastleIf you think you watch too many movies... think again. Gwilym Hughes - who has died at the age of 65 - notched up more than 28,000 movies since he began watching them in 1953. That works out at about two films every three days.

Mr Hughes, from Dolgellau in Gwynedd, holds the Guinness World Record for the number of films he has seen and recently averaged up to 14 films a week. He saw his first movie, King Solomon's Mines, in 1953 but his favourite film remained Lawrence of Arabia, directed by David Lean.

In an interview in 2008, Mr Hughes revealed how an illness when he was a child left him in hospital for two-and-a-half years but then watching King Solomon's Mines "clicked my imagination".

"You can imagine what it was like," he said. "I could only waddle my feet and move my hands and head. I was in an iron frame, and you saw these moving things in front of you. You just couldn't wait for the next time. They were so wonderful."

Remarkably, Mr Hughes, also kept a record of every film he had seen in the cinema or at home with his favourites being Lawrence of Arabia, Hedd Wyn, Zulu, The Dambusters and The Sundowners.

"People think that I'm glued to the television set 24 hours a day but I'm not because I'm a member of about 10 organisations," he said in the interview. "I watch films from about 9pm until about 12. Sometimes I could set up one on the televisions in the study. It works out about 10 to 14 films a week."

On his passing last Monday, a spokesperson for Guinness said: "We would like to offer our condolences to his family and friends."