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Overview (3)

Born in Houston, Texas, USA
Died in New York City, New York, USA  (cerebral hemorrhage)
Birth NameDonald Yearnsley Wilson III

Mini Bio (1)

Houston-born character actor Trey Wilson was at his best playing rural, authoritarian type roles, usually in comedic productions. He was really starting to hit his straps in feature films when he unfortunately succumbed to a cerebral hemorrhage only days from his 41st birthday. Probably best remembered as fast talking, furniture store mogul "Nathan Arizona" looking for one of his missing sons (although he's not too sure which one !) in the off the wall comedy Raising Arizona (1987). Wilson was equally entertaining as shifty, corporate crook "Beetroot McKinley" in Twins (1988) and as quirky manager "Joe Riggins" in the much loved tale of baseball romance, Bull Durham (1988).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: firehouse44@hotmail.com

Spouse (2)

Judy Wilson (25 August 1975 - 16 January 1989) (his death)
Cynthia June Brinson (5 April 1969 - 10 April 1974) (divorced)

Trivia (13)

Was cast as Leo in Joel Coen & Ethan Coen's Miller's Crossing (1990) before his death in 1989. The role then went to Albert Finney.
The film Miss Firecracker (1989) was dedicated to his memory.
The film The Silence of the Lambs (1991) was dedicated to Trey Wilson.
Appears in Pat Benatar's music video "Love Is A Battlefield" as the father who throws her out of the house.
The film Welcome Home (1989) includes an "In Memoriam" to Trey Wilson in the end credits.
The 1992 Broadway revival of "Guys and Dolls" was dedicated to the memory and spirit of Trey.
Married to Judy Wilson, the former Judy Blye, a well-known New York soap opera casting agent who has continued to live in Manhattan since Trey's death. They met while both were attending the University of Houston majoring in theater and married in 1975.
American stage and film actor Trey Wilson first gained a measure of public exposure on a very short-lived satirical TV series, The News Is the News (1983), in 1983.
A popular Houston-born character player whose gravel tones and stocky build enabled him to play a variety of middle-aged, down-home tough guys, often villains.
Best remembered roles were that of Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa in the TV miniseries Robert Kennedy and His Times (1985); Nathan Arizona, the father of a kidnapped quintuplet in Raising Arizona (1987); and as Joe Riggins, the minor league baseball manager in Kevin Costner's Bull Durham (1988).
The son of Donald Yearnsley Wilson and Irene Louise Wilson, he majored in English and theater at the University of Houston.
Cousin is Texas Senator Kenneth "Kim" Brimer (R-Senate District 10).
Lynne Thigpen, Mary Catherine Wilson, Jerry Zaks and he were awarded the 1981 Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Peformances for "Tintypes" at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

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