I’m less crazy about Excalibur than I was in high school, but it’s sad to learn that Nicol Williamson, best known to movie fans as Merlin in the 1981 John Boorman film, died back in December after a battle with cancer of the esophagus.

The noted stage actor is also remembered by me for playing Sherlock Holmes in The Seven-Per-Cent Solution and Little John alongside Sean Connery’s Robin Hood and Audrey Hepburn’s Lady Marian in Richard Lester’s Robin and Marian.

via: UK Telegraph

 

 

4 Responses to “Actor Nicol Williamson: 1935 – 2011”

  1. Excalibur is my favorite Arthurian adaptation, and Williamson’s quirky but commanding performance (particularly how he used his voice) was a standout.

  2. I have to say thinking back about the film (which I haven’t seen in years), Williamson and the score are the most memorable things about it. I don’t mean that as a criticism of the film, but a compliment to Williamson. The scene in the woods where Arthur first meets Merlin sticks in my head.

  3. He delivers a great performance in “The Seven Per Cent Solution”, both adhering to the classic mannerisms of the Holmes character while unhinging them to showcase a revisionist take on the detective, trying to overcome his cocaine addiction.

  4. “Excalibur” was the first film in which I saw this great actor. I ended up watching most anything he was, whether it be “The Seven-Per-Cent Solution”, “Return To Oz”, or “Spawn”. He was a crucial key for my developing my onstage personality (I’m a musician). While he eschewed the limelight, his performances will be immortalized alongside Laurence Olivier, Orson Welles & the not-dead-yet Christopher Lee. Rest well, thespian. Know that you were a role model for some.

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