Stuart Wilson (actor)

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Stuart Wilson
Born Stuart Conan Wilson
(1946-12-25) 25 December 1946 (age 70)
Guildford, Surrey, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1971–present
Spouse(s) Courtney Pledger (?–present) (3 children)

Stuart Conan Wilson (born 25 December 1946) is an English film and television actor, best known for his roles as Don Rafael Montero in The Mask of Zorro and Jack Edward Travis in Lethal Weapon 3.

Early life[edit]

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,[1] the Royal Court Theatre, London's West End, regional, touring and many Fringe productions, most particularly at London's Bush Theatre.[2]


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 Pallisers, Anna Karenina, The Professionals, Tales of the Unexpected, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Old Men at the Zoo,[3] The Jewel in the Crown and Prime Suspect. His biggest success was as Alan Stewart in the 1979 thriller serial Running Blind.

Film credits[edit]

As a more mature actor, Wilson successfully made the transition to Hollywood, often playing villains. His film credits include Dulcima, Wetherby, Lethal Weapon 3,[4] No Escape, Enemy of the State,"The Rock (Uncredited), The Age of Innocence, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, Death and the Maiden, The Prisoner of Zenda, Slow Burn, The Mask of Zorro and Hot Fuzz. He also starred in television films, such as Secret Weapon, Coins in the Fountain, Her Wicked Ways and Princess of Thieves.

Television work[edit]

Wilson made fewer television appearances after his success as a film actor, but continued to appear occasionally in series such as Midsomer Murders (2008), Spooks (2008), and Crossbones.[5]



  1. ^ British Theatre Guide - Antony and Cleopatra (2002), review by Philip Fisher. Accessed 25 March 2013
  2. ^ - Biography for Stuart Wilson Retrieved 8 May 2011
  3. ^ BFI Screenonline: Old Men at the Zoo. Accessed 25 March 2013
  4. ^ New York Times review by Vincent Canby (1992). Accessed 25 March 2013
  5. ^ "NBC's 'Crossbones' Casts 'Enemy of the State' Alum", Hollywood Reporter, 14 November 2013. Accessed 19 May 2014

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