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William Hickey (I) (1927–1997)

Son of Edward & Nora Hickey. Best known as the ancient Mafia don in Prizzi's Honor (1985), Hickey had a long, distinguished career in film, television, and the stage. Began career as a child actor on the variety stage. Made Broadway debut as walk-on in George Bernard Shaw's "Saint Joan" (1951 production, starring Uta Hagen). Performed often during... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Nightmare Before Christmas
One Life to Live
One Life to Live John Rupert (1984)
The Name of the Rose
The Name of the Rose Ubertino da Casale
The Producers
The Producers The Drunk


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 1999 Knocking on Death's Door
Town Sheriff (as Bill Hickey)
 1997 Better Than Ever
 1996 Twisted
Andre, a proprietor
 1996 The Maddening
 1996 Love Is All There Is
 1995 Forget Paris
 1995 The Jerky Boys
Don 'Uncle Freddy' Frederico
 1994 Hey Stranger
 1991 The Runestone
Lars Hagstrom
 1990 Sons
 1990 Any Man's Death
Erich Schiller / Ernst Bauricke
 1989 It Had to Be You
 1988 Starlight: A Musical Movie
Billy Davis
 1988 Da
 1988 Bright Lights, Big City
Ferret Man
 1986 Seize the Day
 1986 One Crazy Summer
Old Man Beckersted
 1985 Walls of Glass
Papa (as Bill Hickey)
 1985 Prizzi's Honor
Don Corrado Prizzi
 1979 Wise Blood
 1978 Nunzio
 1977 The Sentinel
 1976 Mikey and Nicky
Sid Fine
 1975 92 in the Shade
Mr. Skelton
 1971 Happy Birthday, Wanda June
Looseleaf Harper
 1971 The Telephone Book
Man in Bed
 1971 A New Leaf
Smith (uncredited)
 1970 Little Big Man
 1968 The Boston Strangler
Eugene T. O'Rourke
 1967 The Producers
The Drunk (as Bill Hickey)
 1961 Something Wild
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1957 Operation Mad Ball
Sampson (uncredited)
 1957 A Hatful of Rain
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Stage: Appeared in "The Body Beautiful" on Broadway. Musical comedy. See more »

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5' 6" (1.68 m)

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