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Michael Williams

Michael Williams

Michael Leonard Williams (July 9, 1935 - January 11, 2001) was a well-loved British actor. Although best known as the husband of Judi Dench, Williams had a distinguished career of his own, as both a classical and a comedy actor.

Born to a Catholic family in Liverpool, he worked as an insurance assessor before going into the theatre as a career. His first film appearance was in 1962, and he subsequently appeared frequently on television (notably in Elizabeth R), and in British films such as Educating Rita (1983) and Henry V (1989).

He married Judi Dench in 1971, and they had one daughter. Both devout Christians (though from different denominations), theirs was one of the most successful showbiz marriages, and they worked together on several series of the sitcom, A Fine Romance, from 1981 onwards. Shortly before his death from lung cancer, Williams was awarded a papal knighthood.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Michael Williams Facts

BirthdayJuly 9, 1935
BirthplaceLiverpool, England, United Kingdom
Date of deathJanuary 11, 2001 (age 65)

Selected Filmography

The Gambler
House of D
Mulholland Falls
Nothing to Fear
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
The Substitute 2: School's Out
Holiday Knights
Triple 9
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