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Nicol Williamson



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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
55% The Exorcist III
  • Fr. Morning
1990
44% Black Widow
  • William Macauley
1987
No Score Yet Passion Flower
  • Albert Coskin
1986
55% 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
No Score Yet I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can
  • Derek Bauer
1982
82% Excalibur
  • Merlin
1981
50% Venom
  • Cmdr. William Bulloch
1981
50% The Cheap Detective
  • Col. Schissel
1978
No Score Yet The Word
  • Actor
1978
88% The Goodbye Girl
  • Oliver Frye
1977
82% The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
  • Sherlock Holmes
1976
76% Robin and Marian
  • Little John
1976
No Score Yet The Wilby Conspiracy
  • Major Horn
1975
No Score Yet Hamlet
  • Hamlet
1969
No Score Yet The Reckoning
  • Actor
1969
No Score Yet The Bofors Gun
  • O'Rourke
1968

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