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Nigel Hawthorne

Nigel Hawthorne



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Also Known As: Died: December 26, 2001
Born: April 5, 1929 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Coventry, England, GB Profession: Cast ...


Hawthorne was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1998.

In 2000, he was diagnosed with cancer and had been undergoing chemotherapy just before his death from a heart attack.

On King George III: "What he tried to do was keep some of the mystique of the crown, while reaching out to the common folk. What has caused the undoing of the present royal family is the opening-up of their lives to the people and the media. There is no more mystique." --Nigel Hawthorne, to Nick Charles in Daily News, January 23, 1995.

"Acting is an escape. That's why I went into it. My father was personally affronted. He thought I should join the Civil Service, the Masons--do the proper things." --Hawthorne quoted in People, March 27, 1995.

The sad tale of co-star Paul Eddington of "Yes, Minister": "We were always being nominated for BAFTAs and for some reason I used to win. I knew it was hurtful to Paul. He told me that he was once in Australia at some huge function when someone came up to him and said, 'You've won the BAFTA!' Paul was so excited that he bought champagne for the whole room. Twenty minutes later, the guy came back and said, 'Sorry, it was the other bloke who won.'" --Hawthorne, quoted in the London Times, January 3, 1999.

About being "outed" after his 1994 Oscar nomination: "Surprise! Surprise! An Academy Award nomination and suddenly you're outed? Did I mind? Oh, very, very much ...

"Ian [McKellen] was always trying to get Trevor [Bentham, Hawthorne's longtime companion] and me to be outed. I said, 'That's crazy. I've spent my life playing heterosexuals! Why should I ruin my career?'

"Ian would say, 'because you'd help people.' I don't think I'd help people. I believe we are all equal. If that is how you are born into this world, I believe the most good you can do is to live in the community and be accepted. Trevor and I had been going to awards ceremonies for years. people knew. Look, if you don't get married by age 65, people know something's up." --Hawthorne quoted in Newsday, April 28, 1999.

On preferring film work to stage work: "I just have reached the age where it's very, very exhausting doing stage work, especially if you're playing leading roles, which I'm inclined to do. There's eight performances a week to get through, and very often the stuff that I get is very emotional or very physical ... I haven't missed a performance in my life, ever, which I suppose is some sort of madness." --Hawthorne, to Mark Caro in The Chicago Tribune, May 23, 1999.

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