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Richard Wilson



Fresh from the University of Denver, American actor Richard Wilson headed to Chicago and then New York, for the hectic life of a radio actor. He befriended fellow performer Orson Welles while both were making the radio-network rounds. In 1937, Welles invited Wilson to join his Mercury Theatre stage troupe, where Wilson functioned as actor, adaptor, production associate and assistant director. When Welles moved his Mercury troupe to Hollywood in 1940 for Citizen Kane, Wilson went along as jack-of-all-trades; if you look closely, you can see the angular Mr. Wilson as one of the shadowy reporters in Kane's closing scenes. After working as a production assistant on Welles' followup film The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), Wilson joined Welles in Rio de Janeiro to work on the ill-fated Technicolor documentary It's All True (1942). Stories involving this disaster-prone effort have fallen into the realm of legend, making it difficult for the historian to separate fact from fancy in reporting on the film. Indeed, so many falsehoods concerning It's All True were repeated as gospel in one 1970 book on Welles that Wilson was moved to write a rebuttal article for Sight and Sound magazine, titled "It's Not Quite All True." While many of Welles' Mercury associates had scattered by the late '40s, Wilson remained loyal, acting as associate producer for Welles' The Lady From Shanghai (1947) and Macbeth (1948). On his own as a staff producer at Universal in the '50s, Wilson helmed everything from swashbucklers to Ma and Pa Kettle pictures. He began directing in the '50s, mostly program westerns like Man with the Gun (1955). Wilson did what he could to draw a performance from a burned-out Errol Flynn in The Big Boodle (1957), and coaxed a convincingly dramatic turn from aquatic star Esther Williams in Raw Wind in Eden (1958). Wilson deservedly won critical plaudits for his handling of a brace of brutal Allied Artists gangster pictures, Al Capone (1960) and Pay or Die (1961). Richard Wilson retired in 1968, making an unexpected return to the cameras in 1989 as an actor in the British satire How to Get Ahead in Business.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Starveling
2016
No Score Yet Danny and the Human Zoo
  • James Broughton
2015
No Score Yet Killing Me Slowly
  • Producer
2014
98% The Loved Ones
  • Jamie
2012
55% Gnomeo and Juliet
  • Mr. Capulet
2011
No Score Yet Australian Pie: Naked Love
  • Actor
2008
52% Introducing the Dwights
  • Mark
2007
No Score Yet 48 Shades
  • Actor
2006
86% The Proposition
  • Mike Burns
2005
No Score Yet Women Talking Dirty
  • Ronald
2004
No Score Yet Deck Dogz
  • Robert "Poker" Benardi
2004
80% Butterfly
  • Actor
2000
41% The Man Who Knew Too Little
  • Daggenhurst
1997
No Score Yet Gulliver's Travels
  • Actor
1996
82% It's All True
  • Director
1993
No Score Yet Carry On Columbus
  • Don Felipe
1992
No Score Yet Selling Hitler
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Unnatural Pursuits
  • Actor
1991
81% A Dry White Season
  • Cicete
1989
57% How to Get Ahead in Advertising
  • John Bristol
1989
No Score Yet The Four Minute Mile
  • Actor
1988
92% Prick Up Your Ears
  • Psychiatrist
1987
85% A Passage to India
  • Turton
1984
No Score Yet Birthday
  • Actor
1980
88% F for Fake
  • Actor
1974
No Score Yet Three in the Attic
  • Producer
  • Director
1968
No Score Yet Invitation to a Gunfighter
  • Director
  • Producer
1964
No Score Yet Pay or Die
  • Director
  • Producer
1960
No Score Yet Al Capone
  • Director
1959
No Score Yet The Big Boodle
  • Director
1957
No Score Yet The Kettles in the Ozarks
  • Producer
1956
No Score Yet Man with the Gun
  • Director
1955
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle at Home
  • Producer
1954
No Score Yet The Golden Blade
  • Producer
1953
No Score Yet I'd Climb the Highest Mountain
  • Bill Salter
1951
88% Macbeth
  • Producer
1950
86% The Lady From Shanghai
  • District Attorney's Assistant
1948
No Score Yet Film Funday TV Preview: Merlin
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Zane Grey Theatre
1956-1961
  • Director
No Score Yet Merlin
2009-2012
  • Gaius
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Director
88% Doctor Who
2006-2016
  • Dr. Constantine

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