British actor Tom Wilkinson, famous for his roles in films such as The Full Monty, Shakespeare In Love and Marigold Hotel, has passed away suddenly at the age of 75. The BBC reports it. He has starred in over 130 films, received two Oscar nominations and six Bafta nominations.
Tom Wilkinson was born in Wharfedale on 5 February 1948 to a peasant family, but spent his youth in Canada before returning to Great Britain to graduate in English and American literature at the University of Kent in Canterbury, and later enter the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. After various experiences in the theater and on TV he found worldwide popularity with the character of the penniless improvised stripper in The Full Monty, which earned him a Bafta. He then reprized his role as Gerald when a Disney+ streaming series revisited his characters 26 years later. He received a total of six Bafta nominations – winning one – and two Oscar nominations, for Michael Clayton and In The Bedroom, and won a Golden Globe and an Emmy.
Performer in over 130 films between cinema and TV
With more than 130 films in cinema and TV, Wilkinson has ranged from costume dramas such as Sense and Sensibility in 1995 and Belle in 2013, to thrillers in which he played criminal masterminds, such as Rush Hour alongside Jackie Chan in 1998 or RocknRolla in Guy Ritchie in 2008. He also won an Emmy for playing US political figure Benjamin Franklin in the 2008 miniseries John Adams and an Emmy nomination as John F. Kennedy’s father Joe in The Kennedys. His films include The Patriot (2000), In the Bedroom (2002), which earned him his first Oscar nomination for best actor, Girl with a Pearl Earring (2004) and The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005 ). In 2005 he played the role of mafia boss Carmine Falcone in the film Batman Begins, directed by Christopher Nolan. Then the lawyer Arthur, co-starring with George Clooney in the legal thriller Michael Clayton, which earned him his second Oscar nomination in 2008 (this time for best supporting actor). In 2010 he starred in the film The Debt. In 2015 he participated in the film Little Boy.
The announcement of sudden death
His death was confirmed in a statement shared by his agent on behalf of his family. “It is with great sadness that the family of Tom Wilkinson announces that he passed away suddenly at home on December 30. His wife and her family were with him,” the statement read. “The family requests privacy at this time.” Wilkinson was, according to the Encyclopaedia of British Film, “a leading figure, with an extraordinary gift – one among many – for conveying inner pain”.