Michael Williams (actor)
|Born||9 July 1935|
|Died||11 January 2001 (aged 65)|
Early life and careerEdit
His first film appearance was in 1962, and he subsequently appeared frequently on television (notably in Elizabeth R), and in British films such as Educating Rita (1983) and (along with Dench) Henry V (1989). In the latter, in perhaps an irresistible casting decision, he played his namesake, the Shakespearean character named Michael Williams. In 1967, he appeared in Benefit of the Doubt, Peter Whitehead's documentary on Peter Brook's anti-Vietnam War play US, along with Brook and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Williams married Judi Dench on 5 February 1971, the same year that they co-starred in a stage production of John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi. They had one daughter, Tara Cressida Williams (b. 1972), known as Finty Williams, who is also an actress.
Williams chaired the British Catholic Stage Guild for a number of years before he was incapacitated by illness.
Shortly before his death from lung cancer at the age of 65, Williams was appointed a Knight of St Gregory (KSG) by Pope John Paul II for his contribution to Catholic life in Britain. The honour was officially bestowed upon him at home on 10 January 2001. He died the next day. and was buried in the churchyard of St Leonard's, the Anglican parish church of Charlecote, Warwickshire.
|1962||The Trial of Joan of Arc||Englishman||Uncredited|
|1968||Tell Me Lies||Guest||Documentary|
|1969||Tintin and the Temple of the Sun||Tintin||Voice, Uncredited|
|1972||Eagle in a Cage||Barry O'Meara|
|1974||Dead Cert||Sandy Mason|
|1982||Enigma||Hirsch, Limmer's Assistant|
|1999||Tea with Mussolini||British Consul|
|1962||Z-Cars||Norbert Nuttall||1 episode|
|1970||A Family at War||Eddie Chappell||1 episode|
|1971||Elizabeth R||François, Duke of Anjou and Alençon||1 episode|
|1975||The Hanged Man||Alan Crowe||8 episodes|
|1979||My Son, My Son||William Essex||8 episodes|
|1980||Love in a Cold Climate||Davey Warbeck||8 episodes|
|1981–1984||A Fine Romance||Mike Selway||26 episodes|
|1988||Double First||Norman 'N.V.' Standish||7 episodes|
|1993–1994||Conjugal Rites||Barry Masefield||13 episodes|
|1993-1995||September Song||Billy Balsam||20 episodes|
|1996||Kavanagh QC||DCI Knowland||1 episode|
|1997||A Dance to the Music of Time||Ted Jeavons||2 episodes|
|1999||The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns||Father Daley||2 episodes, (final appearance)|
|1973||The War Between Men and Women||reader|
|1989–1998||Sherlock Holmes||Dr. Watson|
|1995–1996||Change at Oglethorpe||Rocket|
|1995–1999||The George Cragge series||George Cragge|
|1997||Mansfield Park||Sir Thomas Bertram|
|1998–1999||Old Dog and Partridge||Jack|
- A Midsummer Night's Dream (1963)
- The Beggar's Opera (1963)
- The Representative (1963)
- King Lear (1964)
- The Comedy of Errors (1964)
- Marat/Sade (1964)
- The Jew of Malta (1964)
- Don't Make Me Laugh (1965)
- Timon of Athens (1965)
- Hamlet (1965)
- Tango (1966)
- The Taming of the Shrew (1967)
- As You Like It (1967)
- Troilus and Cressida (1968)
- London Assurance (1970)
- The Merchant of Venice (1971)
- The Duchess of Malfi (1971)
- Henry V (1971)
- Toad of Toad Hall (1972)
- Content to Whisper (1973)
- Jingo (1975)
- Too True to Be Good (1975)
- The Comedy of Errors (1976)
- The Winter's Tale (1976)
- Schweik in the Second World War (1977)
- The Montrous Regiment (1978)
- A Village Wooing (1981)
- Quartermaine's Terms (1982)
- Pack of Lies (1983/4)
- Two into One (1984)
- Mr and Mrs Nobody (1986/7)
- Out of Order (1990)
- The Tempest (1995)
- The Round Dozen (1996)
- Brief Lives (1997/8)
- The Forest (1999)
Also appeared in the Royal Shakespeare Company's Theatre-Go-Round Festival, Round House Theatre, London, 1970.
- Prior to 1 April 1974, Liverpool was in Lancashire; Merseyside did yet not exist
- "My grandson was a big surprise". 22 August 1997 – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
- "Michael Williams: End of the fine romance". BBC. 16 January 2001. Retrieved 13 September 2010.
A devout Catholic, Michael Williams was a former President of the Roman Catholic Actors' Guild.
- Williams awarded Papal knighthood – The Independent]
- "The Stage in British Newspaper Archive". www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk.
- "Michael Williams Biography (1935-)". www.filmreference.com.