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Excalibur star Nicol Williamson dies aged 73
Daily Telegraph ^ | 25th January 2012 | Tim Walker

Posted on 01/25/2012 6:28:37 AM PST by the scotsman

'Nicol Williamson, the star of Excalibur, who was described as 'the greatest actor since Marlon Brando', has died at the age of 73.

Barely three months after Inadmissible Evidence, the John Osborne play that made his name, was revived in London, Nicol Williamson has died, aged 73, in Holland.

The colourful Scot – who was described by 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. He had, in recent years, been concentrating on music.

His son, Luke, by his former wife Jill Townsend, tells Mandrake that he died just before Christmas after a two-year fight with oesophageal cancer and was eager that no fuss should be made about his passing. To modern filmgoers, he is probably best known for The Exorcist III and for playing Merlin in Excalibur.'

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: excalibur; merlin; nicolwilliamson; obituary

1 posted on 01/25/2012 6:28:41 AM PST by the scotsman
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To: the scotsman

2 posted on 01/25/2012 6:32:16 AM PST by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: the scotsman

His Merlin is one of the greatest movie performances of all time.

3 posted on 01/25/2012 6:34:47 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: JRios1968

A dream to some...a NIGHTMARE TO OTHERS!!!


4 posted on 01/25/2012 6:34:56 AM PST by Comstock1 (You can't have Falstaff and have him thin.)
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To: JRios1968

The one and only Merlin, as far as I’m concerned.


5 posted on 01/25/2012 6:34:56 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: JRios1968

KNEEL BEFORE ZOD?


6 posted on 01/25/2012 6:35:07 AM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the constitution"-Obama official)
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To: the scotsman
One of my all time fav' movies...


7 posted on 01/25/2012 6:37:40 AM PST by C210N (Dems: "We must tax you so that we can buy your votes")
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To: the scotsman
Great musical score and cinematography. One of my favorite movies—Excalibur.
8 posted on 01/25/2012 6:38:05 AM PST by kabar
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To: Comstock1

Merlin: Looking at the cake is like looking at the future, until you’ve tasted it what do you really know? And then, of course, it’s too late.

[Arthur takes a bite]

Merlin: Too late.


9 posted on 01/25/2012 6:40:14 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: Comstock1

Arthur: Merlin, where are you going?

Merlin: Where do you think? You have a kingdom to rule.

Arthur: But how? I don’t know how.

Merlin: You knew how to draw the sword from the stone.

Arthur: That was easy.

Merlin: Was it? I couldn’t have done it.


10 posted on 01/25/2012 6:42:14 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: the scotsman; All
I read where much of the interior sets of Excalibur were salvaged from a failed Lord of the Rings project.

R.I.P. Mr. Williamson.

11 posted on 01/25/2012 6:44:46 AM PST by Oratam
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To: the scotsman

Great movie. To this day my older daughter and I will still spontaneously recite lines of dialogue from this movie back and forth to each other.


12 posted on 01/25/2012 6:46:45 AM PST by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap !!!)
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To: the scotsman

Anál nathrach,
orth’ bháis’s bethad,
do chél dénmha!


13 posted on 01/25/2012 6:48:39 AM PST by FortWorthPatriot (Obama is no Hitler; Hitler got the Olympics)
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To: kabar

The ever-present “magical” green light ruined it for me.


14 posted on 01/25/2012 6:48:57 AM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: the scotsman
Williamson's most memorable role for me will always be HAMLET in the film made of Tony Richardson's production. His was the first Hamlet I ever saw, and I was amazed at how easy it was to follow. Started me off as a Shakespeare lover at an early age. The production featured a young Anthony Hopkins as the King and folk-singer Marianne Faithful as Ophelia. It's not my favorite version; but still worth watching and a great beginner's Hamlet.
15 posted on 01/25/2012 6:51:02 AM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: jimbo123

good job, guys. I was wondering what movie I was going to watch today. I bought this one out of the five dollar rack at Wal Mart..


16 posted on 01/25/2012 6:57:12 AM PST by cardinal4 (Bolton/Arpaio 2012 "Kick the UN across the border!")
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To: PetroniusMaximus
"The ever-present “magical” green light ruined it for me."

They didn't have a choice; it was a mandatory effect in all '70s Sci-Fi/Fantasy cinema :-)

17 posted on 01/25/2012 6:58:58 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Rummyfan

It was a Great performance! May he rest in peace.


18 posted on 01/25/2012 6:59:27 AM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: the scotsman

Sad to hear. R.I.P.

For me, his Merlin was the definitive Merlin; an unforgettable performance.


19 posted on 01/25/2012 7:02:43 AM PST by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: the scotsman
Also a great Sherlock Holmes in The Seven Percent Solution. R.I.P., Mr. Williamson.


20 posted on 01/25/2012 7:04:40 AM PST by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: icwhatudo

IIRC, that was Terence Stamp, who resembles Williamson, especially with the similar facial hair.


21 posted on 01/25/2012 7:12:36 AM PST by Erasmus (Singing: "Zhivago, Zhivago, you come when I'm sick...")
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To: the scotsman

Best. Merlin. Ever.


22 posted on 01/25/2012 7:13:45 AM PST by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: the scotsman

Well, I kinda hate to say it, but every dark cloud etc....

I saw a great movie many years ago and since then I’ve been trying for years to remember what it was, but I couldn’t remember the title or the cast and there was very little plot to speak of.

I’m 99% sure it was “The Bofors Gun.” Now if I can just find a copy.....


23 posted on 01/25/2012 7:16:44 AM PST by JoeDetweiler
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To: jimbo123
Looking at the cake is like looking at the future, until you’ve tasted it what do you really know? And then, of course, it’s too late.

Great movie...

24 posted on 01/25/2012 7:17:57 AM PST by GOPJ (GAS WAS $1.85 per gallon on the day Obama was Inaugurated! - - freeper Gaffer)
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To: Cincinatus

Robert Duvall: in his eighties now and still doing movies. What happened to Nicol Williamson?


25 posted on 01/25/2012 7:19:31 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Cincinatus

Another vote for his Holmes. Always one of my favorite portrayals.

He wasn’t bad as MacBeth either.

I have a vinyl record of him reading “The Hobbit” It is magical.

Did you ever see “The Cheap Detective”? “Qvicker Qvicker Schnell Schnell!!!”


26 posted on 01/25/2012 7:25:57 AM PST by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: the scotsman
,,, was described by English playwright John Osborne as "the greatest actor since Marlon Brando". On 25 January 2012, it was reported by The Daily Telegraph that he had died in relative poverty in Amsterdam aged 73.[2]

wikipedia...

27 posted on 01/25/2012 7:31:54 AM PST by GOPJ (GAS WAS $1.85 per gallon on the day Obama was Inaugurated! - - freeper Gaffer)
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To: Cincinatus

Thanks for jogging my memory! Great movie.


28 posted on 01/25/2012 7:31:54 AM PST by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal!)
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To: MotorCityBuck

“You can’t expect to wield supreme executive power because some moistened bink lobbed a scimitar at you”.


29 posted on 01/25/2012 7:59:20 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Rummyfan

I loved that Merlin. And although it was cheesy in many ways, I have always liked that version of the King Arthur myth the best. Boorman has a certain style..


30 posted on 01/25/2012 8:22:02 AM PST by Paradox (I want Obama defeated. Period.)
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To: Borges; DollyCali; Perdogg

ping


31 posted on 01/25/2012 9:04:04 AM PST by EveningStar
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To: kabar

And one of the most erotic scene I have ever watched in a movie, the Arthur-Morgana scene. A great movie.


32 posted on 01/25/2012 9:06:36 AM PST by redangus
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To: massgopguy

Bloody peasant!


33 posted on 01/25/2012 9:31:26 AM PST by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal!)
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To: the scotsman

Excalibur was my favorite. Wore the VHS out.


34 posted on 01/25/2012 9:49:45 AM PST by chemicalman (The more support I see,the harder I want to work,and the more determined I am not to let folks down.)
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To: the scotsman

Excalibur - best movie telling the complete story of King Arthur ever. Excellent story and dialog, character portrayals, cinematography, battle scenes, costumes, and musical score.


35 posted on 01/25/2012 10:02:36 AM PST by SDShack (0zer0care = "The Final Solution" - Socialized Euthanasia Healthcare)
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To: the scotsman

RIP.


36 posted on 01/25/2012 2:52:12 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj
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To: All


Best Merlin ever...
37 posted on 01/25/2012 3:50:33 PM PST by KevinDavis (Ron Paul called Ronald Reagan a miserable failure.....)
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To: Rummyfan

I must have watched that film 10,000 times as a child because it was one of three movies that we owned on VHS. Great movie, and great performance by a fine actor.


38 posted on 01/26/2012 11:02:01 AM PST by Boogieman
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