Scottish actor Nicol Williamson dies of cancer aged 73

Fri, Jan 27, 2012, 00:00

SCOTTISH-BORN actor Nicol Williamson, once described by John Osborne as “the greatest actor since Marlon Brando”, has died after a battle with oesophageal cancer. He was 73.

His son Luke said on his father’s official website that he had died on December 16th.

He died in Amsterdam where he had lived for more than 20 years, according to media reports. “He gave it all he had: never gave up, never complained, maintained his wicked sense of humor to the end,” Luke wrote. “His last words were ‘I love you’. I was with him, he was not alone, he was not in pain.”

Williamson first rose to prominence in 1964 when he appeared in London in Osborne’s Inadmissable Evidence. When it transferred to Broadway he was nominated for a Tony Award in 1966.

He went on to star in other stage productions including Hamletat London’s Round House Theatre and Chekhov’s Uncle Vanyafor which he was shortlisted for a Tony award a second time. His best known film roles included Merlin in Excaliburand Fr Morning in The Exorcist III.

His final screen appearance was in the 1997 film Spawn. Williamson was working on a new album of music before his death, and his son told the Daily Telegraphhe was as yet undecided over whether to post it on the website. – (Reuters)