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Williams, Heathcote 1941–

WILLIAMS, Heathcote 1941


Born November 15, 1941, in Helsby, Cheshire, England; son of Heathcote Williams (a lawyer). Education: Studied law at Christ Church, Oxford.

Addresses: Office c/o Curtis Brown, 168 Regent St., London W1R 5TB, England. Agent Judy Daish Associates, 83 Eastbourne Mews, London W2 6LQ, England.

Career: Actor and writer. Transatlantic Review, London, associate editor, 196372; founding editor of the periodical Fanatic and (with Germaine Greer and others) of the Dutch periodical Suck. Member of the performing group the Magic Circle; worked as a magician and fire eater. Also ran a squatting agency in the Notting Hill area of London.

Awards, Honors: Evening Standard Drama Award and Obie Award, Village Voice, both 1970, for AC/DC; George Devine Award, 1970; John Whiting Award, 1971.


Film Appearances:

Prospero, The Tempest, World Northal, 1980.

Night Shift, 1982.

Dr. Holroyd, Wish You Were Here (also known as Too Much ), Atlantic Releasing, 1987.

Peter Reed, Stormy Monday, Atlantic Releasing, 1988.

Dr. Haggage, Little Dorrit (also known as Little Dorrit's Story and Nobody's Fault ), Cannon Screen Entertainment, 1988.

Man on the stairs, Slipstream, Atlantic Releasing, 1989.

Nick Greene and a publisher, Orlando, Adventure Pictures, 1993.

Jeremiah, The Steal, Poseidon Pictures, 1994.

Stephan Nuslauer, In the Cold Light of Day (also known as The Cold Light of Day ), Meteor Film Productions, 1994.

Dr. Lake, The Browning Version, Paramount, 1994.

Shaper, Blue Juice, Skreba Films, 1995.

Looking for Richard, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1996.

Jeff, Bring Me the Head of Mavis Davis, Goldcrest Films, 1997.

Builder, The Tango Lesson (also known as La leccion de tango, La lecon de tango, and TangoFieber ), Sony Pictures Classics, 1997.

"Uncle" Drosselmeier, The IMAX Nutcracker, IMAX Corp./Sands Films, 1997.

Nucingen, Cousin Bette, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1998.

La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano (also known as The Legend of 1900, The Legend of the Pianist on the Ocean, and A Pianist on the Ocean ), 1998 dubbed version, Fine Line, 1999.

A servant, Miss Julie, MetroGoldwynMayer/United Artists, 1999.

Ann's father, Mauvaise passe (also known as The Escort and The Wrong Blonde ), Gloria/Pathe, 1999.

Professor, Honest, Winchester Films, 2000.

Dr. Loeshin, All Forgotten (also known as Lover's Prayer ), Seven Hills Productions, 2000.

Bosola, Hotel, 2001, Innovation Film Group, 2003.

The tourist, Revelation, First Look Home Entertainment, 2001.

Bekai Basu, The Love Doctor, British Broadcasting Corp., 2001.

Roger Stark, Dream (also known as Nightmare: A Fraction of a Dream ), Finalcut Entertainment, 2002.

Film Work; Director:

Wet Dreams, 1974.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Laocoon, The Odyssey (also known as Homer's Odyssey, Die Abenteuer des Odysseus, and Odissea ), NBC, 1997.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Marcello, Alegria, CTV (Canada), 1998.

Mr. Eaglet, Alice in Wonderland, NBC, 1999.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Josef Solokow, Malatesta, BBC (England), 1969.

W.S.H. (also known as Weird Shit Happens ), BBC, 1994.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Older guest, "The One with Ross's Wedding: Part 2," Friends, NBC, 1998.

Rizouli, "Contact," Dinotopia, ABC, 2002.



The Poetry Olympics, Volume 1, All Round Records, 1982.

Audio Books:

Narrator (with others) The New Testament: Selections from the Bible, Naxos AudioBooks, 1997.



The Local Stigmatic, produced at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland, then London, 1966, later Boston, MA, 1967, and Actors Playhouse, New York City, 1969, published in Traverse Plays, edited by Jim Haynes, Penguin, 1966, published with AC/DC as AC/DC and The Local Stigmatic: Two Plays, Viking, 1973.

AC/DC, produced at Royal Court Theatre, London, 1970, then Chelsea Theatre Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY, 1971, published by Calder & Boyars, 1972, published with The Local Stigmatic as AC/DC and The Local Stigmatic: Two Plays, Viking, 1973.

(With W. Gaskill and M. StaffordClark) The Speakers (based on Williams's novel of the same title), produced in Birmingham, England, 1974, published with Remember the Truth Dentist, Calder & Boyars, 1980.

(With B. Flagg) Remember the Truth Dentist, produced at Royal Court Theatre, 1974, published with The Speakers, Calder & Boyars, 1980.

A Christmas Pantomine Play, produced in London, England, 1975.

(With T. Allen) Very TastyA Pantomime, produced in London, 1975.

An Invitation to the Official Lynching of Michael Abdul Malik, produced in NewcastleuponTyne, England, 1975.

Anatomy of a Space Rat, produced in 1976.

Playpen, produced at Royal Court Theatre, 1977.

The Immortalist, produced in London, 1977, published by J. Calder, 1978.

Hancock's Last HalfHour, produced in London, 1977, then PAF Playhouse, Huntington Station, NY, 1978, published in Ten of the Best British Short Plays, edited by Ed Berman, Interaction, 1977.

Severe Joy, published by Calder & Boyars, 1979.

"At It," in Breach of the Peace, produced at Bush Theatre, London, 1982, then produced alone, Edinburgh, Scotland, and London, both 1983.

Whales, produced in Liverpool, England, and London, both 1986.


(With Eddie Constantine and Vladimir Pucholt) Crash, 1980.

The Local Stigmatic, Chal Productions, 1986.

Also wrote The Extraordinary Episodes of William Beckford.

Teleplays; Specials:

(With Eddie Constantine and Vladimir Pucholt) Malatesta, BBC (England), 1969.

(With others) What the Dickens!, Channel Four (England), 1984.

Autogeddon, 1991.

Also wrote The Caliph of Fonthill, BBC.


The Speakers, Hutchinson, 1964, Grove, 1967.


Autogeddon, Zweitausendeins, 1985, Arcade, 1991.

Whale Nation, Crown, 1988.

Falling for a Dolphin, J. Cape, 1988, Crown, 1989.

Sacred Elephant, Crown, 1989.


Manifestoes, Manifesten (nonfiction), Cold Turkey Press, 1975.

Elephants (comic book), Knockabout Comics, 1981.

Contributor to periodicals, including Beast, Guardian, New Statesman, and Whole Earth Review.



Contemporary Dramatists, 6th edition, St. James Press, 1999.

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