Tom Wilkinson, Star of Full Monty, Dies at 75

Tom Wilkinson
Tom Wilkinson. Photo: Disclosure

The acclaimed British actor Tom Wilkinson, best known for his memorable role as Gerald Cooper, a former steel mill foreman in the movie “The Full Monty“, passed away suddenly at the age of 75. The sad news was confirmed through a statement issued by the actor’s agent, on behalf of Wilkinson’s family.

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Wilkinson, whose career was marked by memorable performances, died on Saturday, December 30, at his home, surrounded by his family. According to the statement, “It is with great sadness that the family of Tom Wilkinson announces that he passed away suddenly at home on December 30. His wife and family were with him. The family asks for privacy at this time.” The actor leaves behind his wife, actress Diana Hardcastle, and two daughters, Alice and Molly.
Known for his versatility and striking presence on the screen, Wilkinson was nominated twice for the Oscars, as Best Actor in a Leading Role for “In The Bedroom” in 2001, and as Best Actor in a Supporting Role for “Michael Clayton” in 2007. He recently reunited with his “The Full Monty” co-stars, Robert Carlyle and Mark Addy, in a Disney+ series of the same name.

“The Full Monty,” the 1997 comedy about an unlikely group of men who become strippers, won an Oscar for best original musical or comedy score and received three other nominations, including best picture and best director.

Since the announcement of his death, fans, colleagues, and admirers of Wilkinson’s work have expressed their sorrow and paid tribute to the actor on social media, formerly known as Twitter. The film community mourns the loss of one of its most talented and respected members.

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