Nicol Williamson

Nicol Williamson

Highest Rated: 85% The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976)

Lowest Rated: 18% Spawn (1997)

Birthday: Sep 14, 1936

Birthplace: Not Available

Trained at the RSC, Scottish actor Nicol Williamson made his professional bow with the Dundee rep in 1960. The following year, he performed with the Arts Theatre at Cambridge, and also made his London debut. His first major success came in 1964 with John Obsorne's Inadmissible Evidence. He won a Tony award for his performance in the Osborne play when it transferred to Broadway in 1965, and three years later repeated his characterization for the film version. Williamson's 1968 staging of Hamlet, which like Evidence played in both London and New York, was immensely popular and enormously controversial; some recall the night when, halfway through a soliloquy, Williamson brusquely apologized for his "bad" performance and stormed offstage. In films from 1964, Williamson played a cocaine-benumbed Sherlock Holmes in The 7 Percent Solution (1977), an introspective Little John in Robin and Marian (1978) and an eccentric Merlin in Excalibur (1981). His TV credits on both sides of the Atlantic included such roles as Lennie in Of Mice and Men, Lord Mountbatten in The Last Viceroy, King Ferdinand in the 1995 TV movie Christopher Columbus, and Richard Nixon in a 1974 dramatization of the White House Tapes. Williamson also appeared in a number of one-man shows, including the off-Broadway Nicol Williamson's Late Show and a 1994 play based on the life of John Barrymore. Nicol Williamson was married to actress Jill Townsend.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet The Gangster Show: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui Actor 2013
No Score Yet Tony Palmer's Classic Film of John Osborne and the Gift of Friendship Actor 2006
18% Spawn Cogliostro 1997
75% The Wind in the Willows Badger 1996
75% The Advocate (The Hour of the Pig) The Seigneur 1994
59% The Exorcist III Fr. Morning 1990
48% Black Widow William Macauley 1987
No Score Yet Passion Flower Albert Coskin 1986
52% Return to Oz Dr. Worley / The Nome King 1985
No Score Yet Mountbatten: The Last Viceroy Lord Mountbatten 1985
No Score Yet Sakharov Malyarov 1984
20% I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can Derek Bauer 1982
79% Excalibur Merlin 1981
43% Venom Cmdr. William Bulloch 1981
47% The Cheap Detective Col. Schissel 1978
No Score Yet The Word Actor 1978
83% The Goodbye Girl Oliver Frye 1977
85% The Seven-Per-Cent Solution Sherlock Holmes 1976
75% Robin and Marian Little John 1976
60% The Wilby Conspiracy Major Horn 1975
No Score Yet The Monk (Le moine) Duke 1972
No Score Yet Hamlet Hamlet 1969
No Score Yet The Reckoning Actor 1969
No Score Yet The Bofors Gun O'Rourke 1968

TV

Credit
No Score Yet Columbo
1968-2003
1978

QUOTES FROM Nicol Williamson CHARACTERS

William Macauley says: I put on a bristle here and a bristle there, and turned myself into a porcupine.

Catharine says: Well, you know, it's such an old joke... how do two porcupines make love?...Very carefully.

Merlin says: Look into the eyes of the Dragon and despair! I destroy you, I consign you to oblivion!

Merlin says: Behold Excalibur! The sword of power! Forged when birds and beasts and flower were One with Man, and death was but a dream!

King Arthur says: What is the greatest quality of knighthood? No poetry, just a simple answer.

Merlin says: Alright then. Truth! That's it, truth. When a man lies he murders some part of world. You should know that.

Merlin says: You betrayed the duke. You stole his wife. You took hist castle; now no one trusts you. It's not for you, Uther-- hearth and home, wife and child.

Uther says: To kill, and be king? Is that all?

Merlin says: Perhaps not even that. Give me the child.

Merlin says: Ride! Your lust will hold you up!

Merlin says: A dream to some.......a nightmare to others!!!

Merlin says: A dream to some.......a nightmare to others!