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William Hickey Biography (1928-1997)
Full name, William Edward Hickey; born in 1928 in Brooklyn, NY; son of Edwardand Nora Hickey. Addresses: OFFICE--HB Studio, 120 Bank Street, New York, NY 10014.; AGENT--Bob Waters Agency, 1501 Broadway, New York, NY 10036.
Full name, William Edward Hickey; born in 1928, in Brooklyn, NY; died from emphysema and bronchitis, June 29, 1997, in New York, NY. Actor, director, teacher. For more than forty years, Hickey instructed aspiring actors at the HB Studio in Greenwich, Connecticut, while acting himself on stage and screen. In1985 he gained international recognition for his portrayal of the aging Mafia don in Prizzi's Honor, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor. In 1951 Hickey made his Broadway debut in the Cort Theatre's production of Saint Joan. Throughout his career he appeared in numerous stage productions, including Tovarich, Miss Lonelyhearts, On the Town, Twelfth Night, and Diary of a Madman. He appeared on television in Izzy and Moe, Androcles and the Lion, and as a guest on The Phil Silvers Show, among others. His major film credits include A Hatful of Rain, Little Big Man, Happy Birthday, Wanda June, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, The Name of the Rose, Puppet Master, Forget Paris, Mouse Hunt, National Lampoon's Summer Vacation, and Tales from the Darkside: The Movie.
- actor, director, teacher
- Birth Details
- Brooklyn, New York, United States
- Death Details
- June 27, 1997
- New York, New York, United States
Credits;PRINCIPAL STAGE APPEARANCES
- BROADWAY DEBUT--Saint Joan, Cort Theatre, 1951.
- Francisco, Hamlet, New York Repertory Group, Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City, 1948.
- concierge, Tovarich, City Center Theatre, New York City, 1952.
- Jimmy, Mardi Gras, Locust Theatre, Philadelphia, PA, 1954.
- title role, Amedee, Tempo Playhouse, New York City, 1955.
- Pierrot, Don Juan, or the Feast with the Statue, Downtown Theatre, New York City, 1956.
- Chandra, The Lesser Comores, Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, PA, 1956.
- Fats Goldsmith, Miss Lonelyhearts, Music Box Theatre, New York City, 1957.
- Albert, The Body Beautiful, Broadway Theatre, New York City, 1958.
- second gravedigger, Hamlet, Flute, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and the young shepherd, The Winter's Tale, all American Shakespeare Festival, Stratford,CT, 1958.
- Bernie Leeds, Make a Million, Playhouse Theatre, New York City, 1958.
- Ozzie, On the Town, Carnegie Hall Playhouse, New York City, 1959.
- Scaltivo, The Queen and the Rebels, Bucks County Playhouse, 1959.
- Etienne Perisson, Moonbirds, Cort Theatre, New York City, 1959.
- Fabian, Twelfth Night, and Trinculo, The Tempest, both American Shakespeare Festival, 1960.
- Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Twelfth Night, American Shakespeare Festival, 1961.
- Boats, The Undercover Lover, Adelphi College Summer Theatre Workshop, Garden City, NY, 1961.
- neighbor, "Not Enough Rope" in 3 x 3, Maidman Playhouse, New York City, 1962.
- Bagdad, Step on a Crack, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1962.
- Diary of a Madman (one-man show), Gramercy Arts Theatre, New York City, 1964.
- ensemble, The Decline and Fall of the Entire World As Seen through the Eyes of Cole Porter, Revisited (revue), Square East Theatre, New York City, 1965.
- Arnold, This Winter's Hobby, Shubert Theatre, New Haven, CT, then WalnutStreet Theatre, Philadelphia, 1966.
- Adam, The Devils, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, CA, 1967.
- the Centurion, Androcles and the Lion, and Costard, Love's Labour's Lost,both American Shakespeare Festival, 1968.
- second watch, Much Ado about Nothing, and second gravedigger, Hamlet, both American Shakespeare Festival, 1969.
- Marion Cheever, Next, Greenwich Mews Theatre, New York City, 1969.
- Looseleaf Harper, Happy Birthday, Wanda June, Theatre de Lys, New York City, 1970.
- Steve, Small Craft Warnings, Truck and Warehouse Theatre, New York City,1972.
- Seth Beckwith, Mourning Becomes Electra, Circle in the Square, New York City, 1972.
- "Grandmother Kroner," Siamese Connections, New York Shakespeare Festival(NYSF), Public Theatre, New York City, 1973.
- Pandarus and Calchas, Troilus and Cressida, NYSF, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, New York City, 1973.
- Johnny MacDonald, Thieves, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1974.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson and Mitch Bouyer, Romance Language, Playwrights Horizons, New York City, 1984.
- Uncle Salvatore, Angelo's Wedding, Circle Repertory Theatre, New York City, 1985.
- title role, Lippe, Quaigh Theatre, New York City, 1985.
- Dr. Einstein, Arsenic and Old Lace, 46th Street Theatre, New York City, 1986.
- Also appeared as Cash, As I Lay Dying, 1955; and in Sunday Runners.
Credits;PRINCIPAL STAGE WORK
- Assistant stage manager, Tovarich, City Center Theatre, New York City, 1952.
- director, All You Need Is One Good Break, Phoenicia Playhouse, Phoenicia,NY, 1961.
- associate director, Do You Know the Milky Way?, Billy Rose Theatre, New York City, 1961.
- director, "Not Enough Rope" in 3 x 3, Maidman Playhouse, New York City, 1962.
- director, Name of a Soup, HB Studio, New York City, 1963.
- director, Diary of a Madman, Gramercy Arts Theatre, New York City, 1964.
- consultant, On the Necessity of Being Polygamous, Gramercy Arts Theatre,1964.
- Concierge, Tovarich, U.S. cities, 1952.
- Flute, A Midsummer Night's Dream, American Shakespeare Festival, U.S.
- cities, 1960.
- Also The Play's the Thing, U.S. cities, 1952. Director, The Lady's Not for Burning, U.S. cities, 1954.
Credits;PRINCIPAL FILM APPEARANCES
- Apples, A Hatful of Rain, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1957.
- Jo-Jo, Invitation to a Gunfighter, United Artists, 1964.
- drunk in theatre bar, The Producers, Embassy, 1967.
- Eugene T. Rourke, The Boston Strangler, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1968.
- historian, Little Big Man, National General, 1970.
- Looseleaf Harper, Happy Birthday, Wanda June, Columbia, 1971.
- Mr. Skelton, 92 in the Shade, United Artists, 1975.
- Sid Fine, Mikey and Nicky, Paramount, 1976.
- Perry, The Sentinel, Universal, 1977.
- Papa, Flanagan, United Film, 1985.
- Don Corrado Prizzi, Prizzi's Honor, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1985.
- Coney Island barker, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, Orion, 1985.
- Ubertino de Casale, The Name of The Rose, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1986.
- Old Man Beckersted, One Crazy Summer, Warner Brothers, 1986.
- ferret man, Bright Lights, Big City, United Artists, 1988.
- Drumm, Da, Film Dallas, 1988.
- Also appeared in Operation Madball, Columbia, 1957; Something Wild, United Artists, 1961; The Telephone Book, Rosebud, 1971; Wise Blood, New Line, 1979; Walls of Glass, 1985; and Seize the Day, 1986.
Credits;PRINCIPAL TELEVISION APPEARANCES; EPISODIC
- Artful Dodger, "Oliver Twist," Dupont Show of the Month, CBS, 1959.
- Also Studio One, CBS; Camera Three, CBS; Philco Playhouse, NBC; The Reporter, CBS; The Phil Silvers Show, CBS; Mr. Broadway, CBS; Hawk, ABC.
- Hotel desk clerk, Izzy and Moe, CBS, 1985.
- Mr. Pierson, Stranded, NBC, 1986.
- Menagerie keeper, Androcles and the Lion, NBC, 1967.
- Who's Who in Hollywood, Facts on File, 1992.
- Boston Globe Online (electronic), July 2, 1997.
- Chicago Tribune, July 1, 1997, section 1, p. 10.
- Los Angeles Times, July 2, 1997, p. A14.
- New York Times, July 1, 1997, p. D22.
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