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Richard Wilson, OBE (born July 9, 1936) is a Scottish actor and theatre director, best known for playing Victor Meldrew in the popular BBC situation comedy One Foot in the Grave.
He was born as Ian Colquhoun Wilson (or Iain Richard Wilson, according to the Internet Movie Database1) in Greenock, Inverclyde. When he went into acting, he had to change his name because another actor was already called Ian Wilson.
In 1994, Richard Wilson was awarded the OBE for services to drama as a director and actor.
In 1996, he was elected Rector of the University of Glasgow for a period of three years. He was installed at a ceremony to be held on 24 April that year.
Richard is also the half cousin of Terry Wogan.
He appeared as the Duke of Edinburgh in Jeffrey Archer: The Truth, a television comedy drama written by Guy Jenkin, which was first shown on BBC1 on the evening of 1 December 2002.
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