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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 9 July 1936Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland, UK
Birth NameIan Colquhoun Wilson
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Richard Wilson was born on July 9, 1936 in Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland as Ian Colquhoun Wilson. He is known for his work on One Foot in the Grave (1990), Merlin (2008) and A Passage to India (1984).

Trivia (15)

He was a supporter of the Labour Party and an opponent of the Iraq war.
He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1994 Queen's Honours List for his services to drama.
He was the Rector of the University of Glasgow from 1996 to 1999.
He is an Associate Member of RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England).
He graduated from RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England) in 1965, having made his professional debut in the previous year.
He is Patron of Shareholders United, a not-for-profit, democratic and non-party political organization whose members are Manchester United supporters holding shares in Manchester United football team as part of their emotional stake in the club.
He initially turned down his most famous role as Victor Meldrew, since he was only 53 and the character was supposed to be over 60.
He is a major supporter of the gay rights organization Stonewall, and served as best man at the civil partnership ceremony of Sir Antony Sher in 2005.
Strong supporter of the gay rights group Stonewall, and served as best man at Antony Sher civil partnership ceremony in December 2005.
Is a close friend of Ian McKellen.
Studied medicinal science and worked as a hospital laboratory technician at Paddington General before applying to RADA to train to be an actor at the age of 27.
Was a possible for the role of Sir Percy in Lifeforce (1985). Aubrey Morris won the role.
Gave up smoking in 1975.
Son of Euphemia Wilson.
David Jason described him as someone who had great timing, someone he admired enormously and was very pleased about the success he went on to have.

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