Tom Wilkinson, the legend of British acting, passed away at the age of 75. Many of his Hollywood peers sent condolences to the family of the acclaimed actor, best known for his Oscar-nominated performances in In the Bedroom and Michael Clayton.
Wilkinson’s passing was announced in an official statement by his agent, which revealed his wife and family were by his side, adding they asked for privacy at this time. No cause of death was given, and Wilkinson is survived by his wife Diana Hardcastle, and two daughters.
His Michael Clayton co-star George Clooney was one of the Hollywood greats who paid tribute to Wilkinson following his passing. He released an official statement saying, “Tom made every project better. Made every actor better. He was the epitome of elegance and he will be dearly missed by all of us.”
Wilkinson’s rise to prominence started during his time at London’s West End, and he decided to conquer Hollywood after winning two Laurence Olivier Awards for his work on stage.
After collecting a BAFTA for The Full Monty, Wilkinson went on to receive two Oscar nods for his supporting performances in In the Bedroom and Michael Clayton. He also received one Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy Award playing Benjamin Franklin in the HBO series John Adams.