Nicol Williamson (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler, file)
AMSTERDAM (AP) - The son of Nicol Williamson says the British actor, best known for his role as the wizard Merlin in the 1981 film "Excalibur," has died of esophageal cancer. He was 75.
His son Luke said Wednesday that his father died Dec. 16 in Amsterdam, where he had lived for more than two decades.
Williamson had dozens of film credits to his name but won more plaudits for his stage acting. Playwright John Osborne once described him as "the greatest actor since Marlon Brando."
He was nominated for a Tony Award in 1966 for his role in Osborne's "Inadmissible Evidence" and again in 1974 for Anton Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya."
Luke Williamson said his father was also survived by his wife, Jill Townsend. Williamson's death was first confirmed by his son Wednesday on his father's website.
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