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Also Known As: Thomas Jeffery Wilkinson Jr. Died:
Born: December 12, 1948 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Leeds, England, GB Profession: actor

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Throughout his illustrious acting career, which included an Oscar-nominated performance for "In the Bedroom" (2001) which put him on the Hollywood map, Tom Wilkinson enjoyed wide prominence without having to suffer the burden of being a household name. True to his working class roots, Wilkinson remained relatively low-key and distinctly non-Hollywood, despite having starred in some of the new millennium's most significant films. He made his breakthrough the previous decade, however, starting with Ang Lee's "Sense and Sensibility" (1995) and followed with "The Full Monty" (1997), a surprising hit in the United States despite its origins across the pond. He went on to play major roles in a wide array of films, from small independents like "In the Bedroom" and "The Importance of Being Earnest" (2002) to Hollywood blockbusters like "Rush Hour" (1998) and "Batman Begins" (2005). Wilkinson delivered a memorable turn as the inventor of an experimental memory-erasing technique in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004) and was a high-profile corporate attorney who loses his mind in "Michael Clayton" (2007). On cable, he was delightful as a roguish Benjamin Franklin in the acclaimed miniseries "John...

Throughout his illustrious acting career, which included an Oscar-nominated performance for "In the Bedroom" (2001) which put him on the Hollywood map, Tom Wilkinson enjoyed wide prominence without having to suffer the burden of being a household name. True to his working class roots, Wilkinson remained relatively low-key and distinctly non-Hollywood, despite having starred in some of the new millennium's most significant films. He made his breakthrough the previous decade, however, starting with Ang Lee's "Sense and Sensibility" (1995) and followed with "The Full Monty" (1997), a surprising hit in the United States despite its origins across the pond. He went on to play major roles in a wide array of films, from small independents like "In the Bedroom" and "The Importance of Being Earnest" (2002) to Hollywood blockbusters like "Rush Hour" (1998) and "Batman Begins" (2005). Wilkinson delivered a memorable turn as the inventor of an experimental memory-erasing technique in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004) and was a high-profile corporate attorney who loses his mind in "Michael Clayton" (2007). On cable, he was delightful as a roguish Benjamin Franklin in the acclaimed miniseries "John Adams" (HBO, 2008) and had an award-worthy turn as patriarch Joseph Kennedy in the miniseries "The Kennedys" (ReelzChannel, 2011), all which affirmed his status as one of acting's most respected and versatile talents.

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 Selma (2014)
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 Jenny's Wedding (2014)
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 Felony (2014)
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 Belle (2014)
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 Lone Ranger, The (2013)
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 Little Boy (2012)
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 Samaritan, The (2012)
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Landed first professional job as an actor after graduating from RADA
1981:
Appeared in "Hamlet" at the Royal Shakespeare Company
1983:
Cast as poet T.S. Eliot opposite Julie Covington in the biographical play "Tom and Viv"
1985:
Appeared in supporting role in "Wetherby"; written and directed by David Hare and starring Vanessa Redgrave
1986:
Garnered attention in the British TV production "First Among Equals"
1986:
Co-starred with Vanessa Redgrave in "Ghosts" at the Young Vic
1988:
Portrayed Ernest Simpson in "The Woman He Loved" (CBS), the story of the love affair that toppled a king
1988:
Enjoyed stage success in "An Enemy of the People"
1990:
Guest-starred as Peter Rawlins in the popular "Prime Suspect" (aired in 1992 on PBS' "Mystery!")
1991:
Had title roles in adaptations of John Harvey's detective novels "Resnick: Lonely Hearts" (BBC) and "Resnick: Rough Treatment" (BBC); both programs written by Harvey
1993:
Played small role in Jim Sheridan's "In the Name of the Father"
1994:
Appeared as a priest involved with his housekeeper in Antonia Bird's controversial "Priest"
1994:
Gave memorable performance as Seth Pecksniff in "Charles Dickens' Martin Chuzzlewit" (aired in 1995 on PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre")
1995:
Played the role of Gerald in A&E's "Inspector Alleyn: Scales of Justice"
1995:
Had a featured role as Mr. Dashwood in Ang Lee's "Sense and Sensibility"
1996:
Portrayed Beaumont in "The Ghost and the Darkness"
1997:
Breakthrough screen role as Gerald, the older gentleman who agrees to partake in an amateur strip show in "The Full Monty"
1997:
Appeared as the severe adoptive father of the title male in "Oscar and Lucinda"
1998:
Had co-starring role in the box-office hit "Rush Hour"
1998:
Played the patriarch of a family who falls in love with the title character in "The Governess"
1998:
Cast as the money lender turned producer in the Oscar-winning Best Picture "Shakespeare in Love"
1999:
Reteamed with director Ang Lee for a cameo role in "Ride With the Devil"
2000:
Offered a fine turn as an aristocratic Cornwallis in "The Patriot"
2000:
Returned to the London stage after many years in David Hare's play "My Zinc Bed"
2001:
Starred alongside Sissy Spacek as parents coping with the loss of a child in Todd Field's "In the Bedroom"
2001:
Co-starred in the Martin Lawrence comedy "Black Knight"
2002:
Had supporting role as Dr. Chausible in the feature remake of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest"
2003:
Co-starred with Jessica Lange as a man who wants a sex change after 25 years of marriage in "Normal" (HBO)
2003:
Appeared in the film "Girl with a Pearl Earring" opposite Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson
2004:
Played Dr Howard Mierzwiak, the inventor of an experimental memeory erasing procedure, in Charlie Kaufman's "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"
2004:
Starred opposite Claire Danes and Billy Crudup in "Stage Beauty" based on the play by Jeffrey Hatcher
2005:
Cast as Falcone, one of Gotham City's crime leaders in "Batman Begins"; starring Christian Bale as Batman and directed by Christopher Nolan
2005:
Portrayed Father Moore, the priest who performed the controversial exorcism that resulted in the death of a young girl in "The Exorcism of Emily Rose"
2006:
Co-starred in "The Last Kiss," directed by Tony Goldwyn and scripted by Paul Haggis
2007:
Co-starred with George Clooney in "Michael Clayton," written and directed by Tony Gilroy
2008:
Portrayed James Baker, American Statesman and chief legal adviser for George W. Bush during the 2000 U.S. Presidental Election in the HBO film "Recount"
2008:
Portrayed American patriot Benjamin Franklin in the HBO miniseries "John Adams"
2009:
Co-starred with Rhys Ifans, as father and son, in "A Number" for the BBC2
2010:
Played a Harvard Law Professor and suspected CIA agent in Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer"
2011:
Portrayed Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. in the eight-hour miniseries "The Kennedys"; developed for the History Channel, but after they declined to air it, it was shown on ReelzChannel
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
2011:
Played a former Mossad agent in "The Debt"
2011:
Made a cameo in "Mission Impossible ¿ Ghost Protocol," directed by Brad Bird
2012:
Co-starred in the ensemble comedy drama "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"
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Education

Kent University: -
Kent University: -
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England -

Notes

"You should strike while the iron's at least tepid. I think one of the things that held me back is that I never have enough confidence in my ability. I was always very grateful when people gave me jobs. But now I'm not grateful ... I am grateful, but I don't think I should go on my hands and knees and thank them. Just in the last few years, things have come together, and you get a certain amount of recognition and I, foolishly, had to wait for that, until I felt 'I'm good at this.'" --Tom Wilkinson quoted in the London Times, March 21, 1998.

About his role in "Rush Hour" (1998), Wilkinson told a Canadian newspaper (January 1, 1999): "I thought it would be the end of my career but I took the part anyway so I could at least say I'd done an American film."

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wife:
Diana Hardcastle. Actor. Married on January 5, 1998.

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father:
Thomas Wilkinson Sr. Farmer, factory worker.
daughter:
Alice Wilkinson. Born c. 1990; mother, Diana Hardcastle.
daughter:
Molly Wilkinson. Born c. 1993; mother, Diana Hardcastle.

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