Noel Willman

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Noel Willman
Born August 4, 1918
Derry, Ireland
Died December 14, 1988 (aged 70)
New York City, New York, United States
Occupation Theatre director, actor

Noel Willman (August 4 1918 - December 14 1988) was an Northern Irish actor and theatre director. Born in Derry, Northern Ireland, Willman died aged 70 in New York City, United States.

Willman's films included Androcles and the Lion (1952), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), Across the Bridge (1957), Carve Her Name with Pride (1958), The Kiss of the Vampire (1963), Doctor Zhivago (1965), The Reptile (1966) and The Odessa File (1974).

He was also a theatre director and actor, and won a Tony Award in 1962 for his direction of the original Broadway production of Robert Bolt's A Man For All Seasons. According to Bolt, he was instrumental in many aspects of the play's development, including the casting of Paul Scofield as Thomas More. He was also nominated in 1966 for the same category for James Goldman's The Lion in Winter, and he directed Katharine Hepburn and Christopher Reeve in A Matter of Gravity in 1976. He frequently collaborated with Bolt, also directing The Tiger and the Horse and Gentle Jack (and appearing in Zhivago, which Bolt scripted). One of his most famous theatrical roles was opposite Alec Guinness in the stage production of Bridget Boland's The Prisoner, later made into a film with Guinness and Jack Hawkins.

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