We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but word has come that Scottish actor Nicol Williamson has died in Holland at the age of 73 from cancer. Apparently he passed just before Christmas, but the news is just now getting out.
The colorful Scot – who was described by playwright John Osborne as the greatest actor since Marlon Brando and by Samuel Beckett as “touched by genius” – had not made a film since 1997’s superhero picture Spawn. To modern filmgoers the Tony Award-winning actor is best known as Father Morning in The Exorcist III and Merlin in Excalibur.
Ultimately, acting didn’t seem to mean all that much to Williamson, who died in relative poverty. As he once observed: “Actors act too much.” He had in recent years been concentrating on music.
His son, Luke, by former wife Jill Townsend, says his father was eager that no fuss should be made about his passing. He preferred the company of musicians in his later years after he moved to Amsterdam to escape media attention in the late Seventies. Luke will likely put up his father’s new album – which may be called Nine Slices or Kismet Once Again – on the website they had set up together. He adds that a cause that was particularly close to his father’s heart was the Regional Youth Shakespeare Company, of which he was the patron.
We here at Dread Central would like to offer our sincere condolences to Williamson’s family, friends, and constituents.
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