09.26.08

Hello world! It’s been a while but Nicol has been sighted in London, Amsterdam and now in Basel …

Posted in Old pics, Personal Message at 7:27 am by Luke

What the hell is he up to now? Where has this guy been?

Those of you who appreciate Nicol Williamson and his artistic endeavors have now come to the right place…

Welcome to Nicol Williamson’s blogsite! Here you will find out where Nicol has been, what he is doing and what plans he has.

Described “as the best actor since Marlon Brando” , known for his powerful speaking and singing voice and other fine talents, Nicol Williamson is now making great music. Stay tuned!

33 Comments »

  1. Richard Jefferis said,

    November 10, 2008 at 2:11 am

    Where is he?

    I know he’s long since given up acting, but if he could get in touch with the Tolkien estate, I’m sure they would agree to let him read LotR to accompany an anniversary re-release of his awesome performance of the Hobbit (35 years ago in 2009!)

    He still has a loyal fanbase awaiting his return, just read all the comments he gets at imdb!

  2. Tony Earnshaw said,

    December 20, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    Surely the greatest film actor currently not working in movies. Come back to us, Nicol – the world of intelligent cinema needs talent like yours.

  3. Kevin Casey said,

    December 21, 2008 at 5:23 am

    I had the pleasure of seeing Nicol Williamson at Aldwych Theatre in London in January 1973 with Heavy Feather and have never fogotten it. Recently I discovered the single page program in an old book listing his personal selection of music and poetry for that performance. I could send it to him if wished.

  4. Notman(Dai) Davies said,

    December 29, 2008 at 3:05 am

    Did you ever attend a Birmingham Grammar School in the early fifties. If so do you have any memories thereof?

  5. David Ashforth said,

    January 2, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Nicol
    Remember watching your impressive performance in The Bofors Gun.
    Enjoyed the music clips – thought the second piece was best. Hope life is going well.

    David

  6. Gary said,

    January 3, 2009 at 4:04 am

    The Hobbit, read by Nicol Williamson is on torrent: http://dl.torrentreactor.net/download.php?id=456406&name=The+Hobbit+read+by+Nicol+Williamson.

    I’m continuing to seed it indefinitely so that as many people as possible get to enjoy this work.

  7. Peter Meylaerts said,

    January 6, 2009 at 5:31 am

    I admire this actor’s actor. Even my ten year old daughter, who knows only a few words in english, is spellbound by his performance in Hamlet. She’s already picking up gestures and expressions and intonations. Nicol Williamson is one of the truly greats in a period when British theatre had its absolute golden age. I wish we could see this man perform his art, but alas…
    The best of luck, always
    Belgium

  8. Mark Hockley said,

    January 18, 2009 at 8:43 am

    It would be wonderful if Nicol decided to return to the stage or screen. He is sorely missed!

  9. Luke said,

    February 2, 2009 at 9:53 am

    All the questions posted here, (and in the numerous emails I’ve received) will hopefully be answered in the video interview I’ll be doing with Nicol in the next 6 weeks. So if you have more questions, hit me with them soon! After that I’ll be putting up a FAQ page, until the next interview update, which will probably be in October.
    Thanks for participating!

  10. John Anson Andosca said,

    February 8, 2009 at 8:40 am

    People are often so quick to criticize and ever slow to praise…I want to take this opportunity to say this:
    Not only one of the great Actorsof our time…but one of the great people in our world. Unashamedly, I say he changed the life course of this particular person. My thanks dear friend…for uncountable blessings and the education I received at you side.

  11. Brent Richards said,

    February 9, 2009 at 1:43 am

    I grew up watching Excalibur whenever the ABC (Australian BBC) would show it on the television. I estimate I’ve seen it fifty times at least. This is my sole exposure to Nicol Williamson’s acting. I admire how Nicol so comprehensively expressed the character of Merlin. My question is, does Nicol appreciate just how important his portrayal of Merlin in 1981 has become in the modern mindset of audiences, readers, and writers and directors alike? While the character of Merlin and the generic magician/sage character is nothing new to audiences, does Nicol comprehend that his Merlin/magician has become the paragon and archetype for the portrayal of such a character? I believe it is a portrayal that has been infused into the subconscious of people, a portrayal that has been flatteringly counterfeited, paraphrased, emulated, and echoed in film, book, and other media such as the huge computer game industry. And it is such an important type of character to portray, as evinced by the many stories that continue to return to that type of character as the basis for imparting wisdom to man.

  12. Leslie Stein said,

    March 4, 2009 at 8:41 am

    March 4, 2009

    As I watched EXCALIBER for at least the 10th time last night, I began to wonder why I hadn’t seen one of my favorite actors recently. Thank you, Luke, for this website. If this is the only way his amazing talents can still be seen, I will no doubt return here many times. It’s a relief to know that “Merlin” has thawed out after his sojourn in the ice caves and is out there somewhere living a wonderful life.

  13. Daniel Matthews said,

    June 6, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    I loved your performance in Excalibur, one of my favorite films of all time.

  14. Jeff said,

    July 18, 2009 at 5:33 am

    If Nicol Williamson had wanted to become one of the big ‘Brits in Hollywood’ he could have blown everybody else out of the water. Watching Excalibur is just utterly mesmerising.

  15. Alexis Grecki said,

    September 1, 2009 at 10:33 am

    The first time I saw Nicol Williamson he took my breath away…and I have not been breathing the same ever since. Seeing your website, hearing Nicol’s voice and listening to his music has made my heart skip a beat…oh no!!….here I go again…
    Send my regards to your dad.
    Alexis

  16. Adrian Hudson said,

    October 1, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    I love Nicol’s work, and I’m not even into theater that much. But I know amazing when I see it, and Nicol is made out of amazing!

    Adrian

  17. marion said,

    November 28, 2009 at 10:34 am

    heard nicole sing me and bobby magee years ago .Does anyone know if it was ever recorded ? It was so unbelievable Ive never forgotten it .Amazingly talented man. Marion

  18. Martin Sandford said,

    December 24, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    I met Mr Williamson in about 75 or 76 in Lindos. It was a difficult time for him, I wont go into why, but my friends and I learnt how to arm wrestle and generally be thrown around the room (in Socrates Bar). To describe this place was simple, it was 4 walls, a wood plank bar with a hole in to slot drachmas through and Pink Floyds ‘Dark Side of the Moon’playing over the stereo and 2 of the group sat playing backgammon in the corner. Weird , surreal and very very memorable, something I will not forget. Being fairly ignorant of theater and literature I suppose I was fairly easily impressed. Nicol did his best to organise either rugby or football matches to thrash us English but we never actually, really , played. One day I spent a considerable amount of time trying to ‘pull’ an american girl but having arranged to meet her in Socrates bar later, had to witness her being stolen by Nicol, sod!
    Nicol, your a sh*t! but without doubt a talented sh*t!
    I can well imagine it being easier to remain anonyous but since when did you opt for the easy option!

  19. george kling said,

    February 6, 2010 at 7:20 am

    “Not since Brando?” . . . I’d say, “Not since Olivier!” fFr me, he’s the quintessential actor of the last 50-years. First saw him on t.v., OF MICE AND MEN, circa ’68, quickly followed up by the 6-day run of THE BOFORS GUN, in Beverly Hills, Ca. THE RECKONING, soon after. Personally, saw the “1-Man-Show,” circa ’74(?) in Hollywood, Ca., just south of Sunset, in a large tent, and his doing everything from “Groucha Marx, singing Granada,” to an intensive Beckett rendering. Twice in HAMLET, on stage at The Huntington, early ’70s(?), and down to JACK, in Westwood–twice on every stage performance I’d ever seen him in. For me, JACK is the most exhaustive, complete killer-of-a-performance, which does lend one the opportunity to transcend oneself, as phony as that may sound. I’ve got most of his records and my own eclectic collection of said performances, +-some. If anyone knows where I could get the aforementioned OF MICE AND MEN (only at the N.Y. Museum of Television,” to my knowledge); or, any vestige of his appearance as Rice, in THE ENTERTAINER, I’d kill for being able to purchase them for addition to said collection; ditto, on LAUGHTER IN THE DARK. Yep! One of the 4 or 5–of ANY era!!!!! George Kling.

  20. sandra storrie said,

    February 17, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    hi cousin nicol, its been a while since our days in hansons bridge road. Me and helen often wonder how you are getting on. I keep in touch via christmas cards with Senga. Would be nice to hear you are making another film or play. Hope to see you on screen very soon.

    Sandra ( the email address belongs to my daughter)

  21. Den Boy said,

    June 3, 2010 at 9:53 am

    I met this gentleman in Holburn London in 1965 when i was working with the Police,
    i asked him for his autograth which he gave me,and said it will be pleasure we had a little
    talk then he had go on his way, i still have this to this day along with his book
    Ming’s Kingdom. Thank You Nicol wish all us fans can see you again soon and how
    brilliant you were in The Human Factor.

  22. Chris said,

    July 8, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    I just wanted to simply state that you, Nicol, have been my favourite performer ever since I
    was very young. Thank you very much for sharing your talents over the years; and, even if
    you were to never act again, your legacy is secure with me, as it has been for the past twenty
    five years.

    Nicol, thank you

  23. Reverend H said,

    July 12, 2010 at 5:34 am

    Why are there no images of this great actor and his charactors wardrobe of costumes to be found?

  24. James P. Jamieson said,

    November 17, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    I am pretty sure my late uncle Andrew Jamieson, was Nicol’s dentist in Lanark, Scotland.

  25. Robert Taylor said,

    December 26, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Thanks Nicol, having lived out of England for the last 40 years, it was great to see
    Inadmissible Evidence, and bring back memories of the 12 years I lived and worked in Central London in the 50s and 60s (Thank God I left,) anytime your travelling and visit the DR you have a freind here.
    RT

  26. Kevin Carr said,

    January 17, 2011 at 8:20 am

    I think Nicol would make a marvelous and powerful voice of Smaug in the upcoming Hobbit movie. Perhaps you could record it without even having to travel if you didn’t want to. Go on – show ’em how it’s done. It would be great for a new generation to hear that voice.

  27. Justin Philpott said,

    July 16, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Today I bought Excalibur, that wonderfully rich film that I’ve not seen for years… and wow what a presence he has as Merlin!!!! A joy to watch, to listen…. would certainly like him to come out of hiding and play a part again… perhaps in a remake! 😉

  28. Stephen Tubbs said,

    January 25, 2012 at 4:21 am

    R.I.P. Fine actor.

    :0(

  29. Geoff said,

    January 25, 2012 at 11:23 am

    I said this elsewhere on this site but again may I say he was the epitome of the non flashy non trickery school of British acting. His presence will be missed by many even though those many never crossed paths with your dad.

  30. cheryl stein said,

    January 27, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    I saw Nicol Williamson as Hamlet, in NY, in 1969. I was mesmerized. No one has come close to playing the troubled Dane the way Nicol did. No one. I saw the film several times and his performance continues to entrance me. Excalibur is one of my favorite films. I must have viewed it dozens of times. I saw him in Jack, in L.A., and was thrilled to be able to enjoy his monumental talent at close range. What an extraordinary gift he possessed. I am so sad to hear of his passing. We shall not see the likes of him again. I am grateful we have his films and music to enjoy for generations to come. Goodnight, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

  31. Dennis Buckland said,

    February 3, 2012 at 11:08 am

    A week ago today while driving to Portsmouth listening to Mathew Bannister’s programme Last Word on radio 4, i was sad to hear of the death of the actor Nicol Williamson.
    I personally did not know Nicol Williamson the actor, but i was fortunate to be a friend and collegue of Nic Williamson the young National Serviceman.
    Nic and i served in the 33rd Parachute Regiment RA in the mid to late 50’s, Nic would keep us guys quiet and entertained with his wonderful story telling piano playing, and his endless practical jokes, and it was obvious to all of us that he was an a exceptionally talented guy.
    Through out the years after leaving the forces i have always taken an interest in Nicol’s career and the sheer joy of his breathtaking performances.
    It is well documented that Nicol Williamson was a great actor, but also Nic Williamson was a great guy to serve with as two young National Servicemen.
    God Bless you Nic and Rest in Peace.

  32. mary workman said,

    June 3, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    i loved him in excalibur i will never forget that movie he was awsome one of the greatest actors ive ever seen i put him up there with my other 2 favorite actors johnathan frid from dark shadows and the one and only vincent price .he will be loved and missed.

  33. Raul Martinez-Ostos said,

    February 16, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    London,Mexico City, Acapulco,Zihuatanejo. Nicol was one of my best friends, Luke. My love to Jill, your Mother, who is still my friend (even if I haven’t seen in many many years) my love to you, I haven’t seen you since you were a baby. Raul

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