Tom Wilkinson, the Oscar-nominated British actor known for his roles in films such as "The Full Monty," "Michael Clayton," and "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," has passed away at the age of 75. The news of his sudden death was announced by his family, although no further details were provided.
Wilkinson was highly regarded for his acting talent and received critical acclaim for his performances. He was nominated for a best actor Academy Award for his role in the family drama "In The Bedroom" in 2001, as well as a best supporting actor nomination for his part in the legal thriller "Michael Clayton" in 2007.
One of Wilkinson's most memorable roles was in the 1997 comedy "The Full Monty," where he played the character of Gerald Cooper, a former steel mill foreman who becomes part of an unlikely male stripping act. This film, about a group of unemployed steel workers, resonated with audiences and solidified Wilkinson's place in British cinema.
Born in Yorkshire, England in 1948, Wilkinson attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in the 1970s. He had a prolific career, appearing in numerous TV dramas and movies, including "Rush Hour," "Batman Begins," "Shakespeare in Love," and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." He recently reunited with his "Full Monty" co-stars for a Disney+ series of the same name.
Wilkinson's talent was recognized with several awards, including a 2009 Golden Globe and a 2008 Emmy for his portrayal of Benjamin Franklin in the HBO series "John Adams." In 2005, he was appointed a member of the Order of the British Empire for his contributions to drama.
Wilkinson is survived by his wife, actress Diana Hardcastle, and their two daughters. His sudden passing has left a void in the entertainment industry, with fellow actors and colleagues expressing their condolences and praising his immense talent. Tom Wilkinson will be remembered as a titan of an actor, leaving behind a legacy of memorable performances.