Stuart Wilson (actor)
|Born||Stuart Conan Wilson
25 December 1946
Guildford, Surrey, England, UK
|Spouse(s)||Courtney Pledger (?-present) (3 children)|
Wilson was born in Guildford, Surrey, to an RAF family, and consequently had a varied educational history. Having moved to London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. After leaving RADA he played in theatres during the 1960s and 1970s. He has played major roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Court Theatre, London's West End, Regional, Touring and many Fringe productions, most particularly at London's Bush Theatre.
Wilson got his first big break when chosen for the leading role of Johann Strauss II in the 1972 ITV costume drama The Strauss Family. He subsequently made many appearances on British television, his credits including Space: 1999, I, Claudius, The Sweeney, Return of the Saint, The Professionals, Tales of the Unexpected, The Old Men at the Zoo, The Jewel in the Crown, Prime Suspect, Hot Fuzz and Spooks. His biggest success was as Alan Stewart in the 1979 thriller serial Running Blind.
As a more mature actor, Wilson successfully made the transition to Hollywood, often playing villains. His film credits include Wetherby, Lethal Weapon 3, No Escape, Enemy of the State, The Age of Innocence, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, Death and the Maiden, The Prisoner of Zenda, The Rock, The Mask of Zorro and Hot Fuzz. He also starred in the following television films: Coins in the Fountain (1990) and Princess of Thieves (2001).
- British Theatre Guide - Antony and Cleopatra (2002), review by Philip Fisher. Accessed 25 March 2013
- Imdb.com - Biography for Stuart Wilson Retrieved 8th of May 2011
- BFI Screenonline: Old Men at the Zoo. Accessed 25 March 2013
- New York Times review by Vincent Canby (1992). Accessed 25 March 2013