Thomas Nicol Williamson was a British actor and singer, once described by playwright John Osborne as "the greatest actor since Marlon Brando". He was also described by Samuel Beckett as "touched by genius" and viewed by many critics as "the Hamlet. Thomas Nicol Williamson (14 September – 16 December ) was a British actor and singer, once described by playwright John Osborne as "the greatest. Nicol Williamson was an enormously talented actor who was considered by some critics to be the Born: Septem. Nicol Williamson, whose death of oesophageal cancer at the age of 73 has been announced, was arguably the most electrifying actor of his. Nicol Williamson, a Scottish-born actor whose large, renegade talent made him a controversial Hamlet, an eccentric Macbeth, an angry. Nicol Williamson in probably the most exciting actor of his One of actor Nicol Williamson's earliest film roles was as Gunner. Black Sheep: The Authorised Biography of Nicol Williamson [Hershman, Gabriel] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Black Sheep: The. "A generous, well-researched book Dowsing tells the whole sobering tale with grace." Simon Callow, The Guardian. "A superb biography of Nicol Williamson. Scottish actor Nicol Williamson, best known for his role as the wizard Merlin in the film Excalibur, dies aged Nicol Williamson, once heralded as the greatest British actor of his generation, was also a legend for stormy onstage behavior that included.