Nicol Williamson

Nicol Williamson

Highest Rated: 84% The Goodbye Girl (1977)

Lowest Rated: 17% Spawn (1997)

Birthday: Sep 14, 1936

Birthplace: Hamilton, Scotland, UK

Nicol Williamson never achieved the household name status of Brando or Olivier, but by many critics' appraisals, his talents equaled the greats of his own or any generation. A native of Scotland, Williamson established himself as a force of a new generation of British actors in 1964 as the star of West End production of "Inadmissable Evidence," going on to take the show to Broadway, a Tony nomination and the starring role in the 1968 film adaptation. He delivered what many regarded as the definitive "Hamlet" of his time in a U.K. restaging that went on to play Broadway. He again wowed live audiences and critics with his turns in "Macbeth," "Uncle Vanya" and "Rex" and shone in films such as "The Seven-Per-Cent Solution" (1976) and "The Human Factor" (1979), not to mention his signature turn as Merlin in the 1981 film adaptation of the Arthurian cycle, "Excalibur" (1981). He would find work in major television events, foremost ITV's 1986 Mountbatten biopic, and do two disparate Broadway and West End productions playing the legendary John Barrymore.


Highest Rated Movies



17% 36% Spawn Cogliostro (Character) $55M 1997
75% 62% The Wind in the Willows Badger (Character) $72.8K 1996
75% 53% The Advocate Seigneur Jehan d'Auferre (Character) $231K 1993
59% 56% The Exorcist III Father Morning (Character) $25M 1990
50% 40% Black Widow William McCrory (Character) $22.7M 1987
No Score Yet 80% Mountbatten: The Last Viceroy Lord Louis Mountbatten (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Passion Flower Albert Coskin (Character) - 1986
53% 71% Return to Oz Dr. Worley/The Nome King (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sakharov Malyarov (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 67% Macbeth Macbeth (Character) - 1983
33% 50% I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can Derek Bauer (Character) - 1982
43% 31% Venom Cmdr. William Bulloch (Character) - 1981
80% 80% Excalibur Merlin (Character) - 1981
33% 23% The Human Factor Maurice Castle (Character) - 1979
47% 58% The Cheap Detective Colonel Schlissel (Character) - 1978
84% 84% The Goodbye Girl Oliver Fry (Character) - 1977
73% 53% Robin and Marian Little John (Character) - 1976
79% 68% The Seven-Per-Cent Solution Sherlock Holmes (Character) - 1976
60% 44% The Wilby Conspiracy Major Horn (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jerusalem File Professor Lang (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 67% The Reckoning Michael Marler (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laughter in the Dark Sir Edward More (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 70% Hamlet Hamlet (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bofors Gun O'Rourke (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Of Mice and Men Lennie (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Inadmissible Evidence Bill Maitland (Character) - 1968


No Score Yet No Score Yet Chillers Unknown (Character) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Christopher Columbus King Ferdinand (Character) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Columbo Dr. Eric Mason (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1970


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!