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Also Known As: Died: December 16, 2011
Born: September 14, 1936 Cause of Death: Esophageal Cancer
Birth Place: Hamilton, Scotland, , GB Profession: Cast ...


In 1965, during the Philadelphia tryout of John Osborne's "Inadmissible Evidence", he punched David Merrick in the face after the producer fired the play's director, Anthony Page. Legend has it that Williamson then picked up the stunned producer and stuffed him into a garbage can.

"I'm afraid people in America are going to remember me only as the bloke who pinned one on Merrick," he said at the time.

About John Barrrymore: "He did what no other actor, living or dead, has ever done. He was a vaudeville man, a light comedian, a matinee idol [and] a silent star who then became a talking picture star.

"And in the middle of all this, he became the greatest classical actor in America and the Hamlet of his generation. Not bad. Nobody else has ever done that. Olivier didn't come near it." -- Nicol Williamson, LOS ANGELES TIMES, March 12, 1996

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