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Nicol Williamson (1936–2011)


Nicol Williamson was an enormously talented actor who was considered by some critics to be the finest actor of his generation in the late 1960s and the 1970s, rivaled only by Albert Finney, whom Williamson bested in the classics. Williamson's 1969 "Hamlet" at the Roundhouse Theatre was a sensation in London, considered by many to be the best ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Excalibur
Excalibur Merlin
(1981)
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution Sherlock Holmes
(1976)
Spawn
Spawn Cogliostro
(1997)
The Cheap Detective
The Cheap Detective Colonel Schlissel
(1978)

Filmography

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 1997 Spawn
Cogliostro
 1996 Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
Badger
 1993 The Advocate
Seigneur Jehan d'Auferre
 1990 The Exorcist III
Father Morning
 1990 Chillers (TV Series)
 1987 Black Widow
William
 1986 Masterpiece Theatre: Lord Mountbatten - The Last Viceroy (TV Mini-Series)
Lord Louis Mountbatten
- Episode #1.6 (1986) ... Lord Louis Mountbatten
- Episode #1.5 (1986) ... Lord Louis Mountbatten
- Episode #1.4 (1986) ... Lord Louis Mountbatten
- Episode #1.3 (1986) ... Lord Louis Mountbatten
- Episode #1.2 (1986) ... Lord Louis Mountbatten
 1986 Passion Flower (TV Movie)
Albert Coskin
 1985 Return to Oz
Dr. Worley / Nome King
 1985 Christopher Columbus (TV Mini-Series)
King Ferdinand
- Episode #1.4 (1985) ... King Ferdinand
- Episode #1.3 (1985) ... King Ferdinand
- Episode #1.2 (1985) ... King Ferdinand
- Episode #1.1 (1985) ... King Ferdinand
 1984 Sakharov (TV Movie)
Malyarov
 1983 Macbeth (TV Movie)
Macbeth
 1982 I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can
Derek Bauer
 1981 Venom
Commander William Bulloch
 1981 Excalibur
Merlin
 1979 The Human Factor
Maurice Castle
 1978 The Word (TV Mini-Series)
Maertin de Vroome
 1978 The Cheap Detective
Colonel Schlissel
 1978 Columbo (TV Series)
Dr. Eric Mason
- How to Dial a Murder (1978) ... Dr. Eric Mason
 1977 The Goodbye Girl
Oliver Fry (uncredited)
 1976 The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
Sherlock Holmes
 1976 Robin and Marian
Little John
 1975 The Wilby Conspiracy
Major Horn
 1974 Late Night Drama (TV Series)
President Nixon
- I Know What I Meant (1974) ... President Nixon
 1972 Le moine
The Duke of Talamur
 1972 The Jerusalem File
Professor Lang
 1971 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
Jim Fitch
- Terrible Jim Fitch (1971) ... Jim Fitch
 1970 The Reckoning
Michael Marler
 1969 Hamlet
Hamlet
 1969 Laughter in the Dark
Sir Edward More
 1968 Inadmissible Evidence
Bill Maitland
 1968 The Bofors Gun
O'Rourke
 1968 Of Mice and Men (TV Movie)
Lennie
 1965 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
Robin Fletcher
- Horror of Darkness (1965) ... Robin Fletcher
 1965 Six (TV Series)
 1964 Of Human Bondage
Medical student (uncredited)
 1963 The Six-Sided Triangle (Short)
The Lover
 1963 Teletale (TV Series)
Dr. Murke
- Dr. Murke's Collection of Silences (1963) ... Dr. Murke
 1963 Z Cars (TV Series)
Jack Clark
- By the Book (1963) ... Jack Clark
 1962-1963 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Count Pierre Besukhov / Warwick
- War and Peace (1963) ... Count Pierre Besukhov
- The Lark (1962) ... Warwick
 1962 Nil Carborundum (TV Movie)
SAC Albert Meakin
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He acted in Samuel Beckett's play, "Waiting for Godot," at the Royal Court Theatre in London, England in an English Stage Company production with Alfred Lynch, Jack MacGowram, Paul Curran, and Kirk Martin in the cast. Anthony Page was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 2 Articles | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Nicoll Williamson

Height:

6' 2" (1.88 m)
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Personal Quote:

I can understand people's pain, passion, fear, hurt, and I can mirror it and set it up for them to look at. See more »

Trivia:

When Roman Polanski was casting his Macbeth (1971), his co-screenwriter Kenneth Tynan suggested Williamson for the title role. Tynan was a great admirer of Williamson, but Polanski turned him down because he thought Williamson lacked sex appeal. Williamson later played Macbeth in London and New York and for the BBC. See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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