Actor Tom Wilkinson Dies At Age 75

Tom Wilkinson, who was best known for his roles in “Batman Begins” and “The Full Monty” has passed away. The British actor was 75.

His death was confirmed by his family in a statement shared by his publicist.

“It is with great sadness that the family of Tom Wilkinson announce that he died suddenly at home on December 30th. His wife and family were with him. The family asks for privacy at this time,” his family said in a statement.

Wilkinson earned an Academy Award nomination for his role in the drama “In the Bedroom.”

Born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, Wilkinson first became active in film and television in the mid-1970s.

He starred in Best Picture nominee The Full Monty (1997), and went on to win a BAFTA for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. That same year, he was featured in Oscar and Lucinda (1997) and Wilde (1997). Wilkinson was also shown to memorable effect as a theatre financier with acting aspirations in Best Picture winner Shakespeare in Love (1998).

Over the next few years, Wilkinson would become more popular, especially with American audiences, with such roles as General Cornwallis alongside Mel Gibson in the blockbuster The Patriot (2000) and as the grief-stricken father, Matt Fowler, in the critically acclaimed Best Picture nominee In the Bedroom (2001). For his role in that movie, he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Since then, Wilkinson has made memorable appearances in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)Batman Begins (2005)The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)Valkyrie (2008)Duplicity (2009)The Ghost Writer (2010)The Debt (2010) and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011), among others. Wilkinson also received his second Academy Award nomination for his acclaimed role in Michael Clayton (2007).

Wilkinson won an Emmy Award for his work as Benjamin Franklin in HBO’s John Adams (2008) mini-series. The same year, he received an Emmy nomination for his role in HBO movie Recount (2008), and has also received Emmy nominations for Normal (2003) and The Kennedys (2011).

Wilkinson had two children, Alice and Molly, with his wife Diana Hardcastle.


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