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British actor Nicol Williamson dies at age 75

British actor Nicol Williamson dies at age 75
Associated Press 2 hrs 18 mins ago

AMSTERDAM (AP) Nicol Williamson, the British actor best known for his role as the wizard Merlin in the 1981 film "Excalibur," has died of esophageal cancer, his son said Wednesday. He was 75.

His son Luke said the actor died Dec. 16 in Amsterdam, where he had lived for more than two decades.

Williamson had dozens of film credits to his name but won more plaudits for his stage acting. Playwright John Osborne once described him as "the greatest actor since Marlon Brando."

He was nominated for a Tony Award in 1966 for his role in Osborne's "Inadmissible Evidence" and again in 1974 for Anton Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya." He also was nominated three times for acting honors at the British Academy Film Awards, Britain's equivalent of the Oscars.

In films, he was an acclaimed wizard Merlin in John Boorman's "Excalibur" and also played Little John to Sean Connery's Robin Hood and Audrey Hepburn's Lady Marian in the 1976 movie "Robin and Marian."

Luke Williamson described his father as multi-talented and multi-faceted.
"He could do it all," Williamson said in a telephone interview. "He could sing, he wrote poetry, he wrote prose, he wrote a book ... He was working on a CD in the year leading up to his illness, and he finished it while he was going through chemotherapy."

Nicol Williamson won rave reviews for his theater work but never warmed to the acting scene, which Luke described as self-congratulatory and insincere.
"Dad didn't play that game," he said. "One of the tremendous things about Nicol was that he was always straight up with you."

The Dutch capital appealed to Nicol in part because the city was "a very easy place to live" while being close to Britain and the rest of Europe. As he left the theater behind, he gravitated more toward musical projects, including the CD, which Luke said would eventually be released on his father's website.
Luke Williamson said his father was also survived by his wife, Jill Townsend. Williamson's death was first confirmed by his son Wednesday on his father's website.
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When I was a kid, his portrayal of the Nome King in Return to Oz freaked me out.

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Re: British actor Nicol Williamson dies at age 75

Merlin.

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Sad. Always wished he was in more stuff. He was great as Merlin.
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Re: British actor Nicol Williamson dies at age 75

Originally Posted by TallGuyMe
Sad. Always wished he was in more stuff. He was great as Merlin.
same here.
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Rip Father Morning.

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Very temperamental actor....but a great one. RIP
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Originally Posted by Jaymole
Very temperamental actor....but a great one. RIP
To quote "A dream to some...a nightmare to others."
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Crap. Does this mean Spawn was his last movie? His performance was great (as usual) but that was his swan song?

EDIT: Shit. It was.
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He had a wonderful voice - particularly sad that his illness should attach that aspect of his body. He was a real pain to work with by some accounts, though a thorough professional according to others. Apart from Merlin which was one hell of a performance, I found his Sherlock Holmes genuinely different and enjoyable.
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Ooh, that plan is well known. You'll have to do better than that.
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I guess you could say the rule of 3 has continued with Williamson, director Theo Angelopoulos and actor James Farentino.
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As I've stated on this board many times, Excalibur is my favorite movie of all time. Sad to hear about this. Fuck cancer.
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Re: British actor Nicol Williamson dies at age 75

Originally Posted by Numanoid
As I've stated on this board many times, Excalibur is my favorite movie of all time. Sad to hear about this. Fuck cancer.

best Merlin ever!

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