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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 19 September 1927Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death 29 June 1997New York City, New York, USA  (emphysema and bronchitis)
Birth NameWilliam Edward Hickey
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 the golden age of television, including appearances on Studio One and Philco Playhouse. His most important contribution to the arts, however, remains his teaching career at the HB Studio in Greenwich Village, founded by Hagen and Herbert Berghof. George Segal, Sandy Dennis, and Barbra Streisand all studied under him.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: <anthony-adam@tamu.edu>

Trade Mark (3)

Usually played macabre characters
Gaunt frame
Gravelly yet high-pitched voice

Trivia (2)

Began his acting career on the radio at age 10.
He studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.

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