Nicol Williamson (1936–2011)


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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 »

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Excalibur Merlin
(1981)
Spawn Cogliostro
(1997)
Return to Oz Dr. Worley / Nome King
(1985)
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution Sherlock Holmes
(1976)

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  Apt Pupil (abandoned)
Kurt Dussander
 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)
Dr. Stephen McCullough
- A Curious Suicide (1990) ... Dr. Stephen McCullough
 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/I 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
- Part IV (1978) ... Maertin de Vroome
- Part III (1978) ... Maertin de Vroome
- Part II (1978) ... Maertin de Vroome
- Part I (1978) ... 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 The Monk
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 William Shakespeare's play, "Twelfth Night," at the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with Jane Lapotaire and Frank Thornton in the cast. Peter Gill was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 2 Articles | See more »

Official Sites:

Official Site

Alternate Names:

Nicoll Williamson

Height:

6' 2" (1.88 m)

Spouse:

Jill Townsend  (divorced)  (1 child)
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Personal Quote:

Actors act too much. See more »

Trivia:

He took over the leading role in Laughter in the Dark (1969) at short notice when Richard Burton, at the time the highest-paid actor in the world, was fired by director Tony Richardson early in the shooting. Burton had played a scene requiring him to walk down a sidewalk and turn a corner. He didn't come back after one take and Richardson, allegedly worried about his alcoholism, terminated him. ... See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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