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      William Hickey

      William Hickey

      Highest Rated: 95% The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

      Lowest Rated: 15% The Jerky Boys (1995)

      Birthday: Sep 19, 1927

      Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

      His stooped posture, desiccated appearance, and frog-like speaking voice made William Hickey a natural to play weirdoes in Hollywood films - a résumé that belied his distinguished career in theatre. Developing a taste for performing as a child at the Henry Street Settlement on Manhattan's Lower East Side, Hickey began teaching acting after World War II and joined the staff of Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghof's acclaimed HB Studio in Greenwich Village in 1957. Better known as an acting coach than as an actor, Hickey guided the likes of Steve McQueen and Barbra Streisand while playing bits in such films as "The Boston Strangler" (1968), "Little Big Man" (1970), and "Mikey and Nicky" (1976). John Huston had cast him in a small role in "Wise Blood" (1979) but called the 57-year-old actor back to play an octogenarian Mafia don in "Prizzi's Honor" (1985), which earned Hickey an Oscar nomination and a measure of popular appeal. For horror movie fans, he was unforgettable as the "Puppetmaster" (1989), as the millionaire who hires a hitman to kill his cat in "Tales from the Darkside: The Movie" (1990), and as the voice of the mad Dr. Finkelstein in Tim Burton's stop-motion fantasia "The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993). Diagnosed with emphysema, Hickey continued to work exhaustively in films and television. He was teaching up to two weeks before his death in July 1997, showing his commitment to the craft that had changed his life and enabled him to make a living.

      Highest rated movies

      Little Big Man
      Wise Blood
      Mikey and Nicky
      The Boston Strangler
      Prizzi's Honor
      The Name of the Rose
      Sea of Love
      My Blue Heaven

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      HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WANDA JUNE, Susannah York, William Hickey, Rod Steiger, 1971 THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, Mummy, Dr. Finkelstein (voice: William Hickey), 1993. ©Buena Vista Pictures HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WANDA JUNE, Rod Steiger, William Hickey, 1971 PRIZZI'S HONOR, Jack Nicholson, (center), William Hickey, (far right), 1985, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. PRIZZI'S HONOR, William Hickey, Kathleen Turner, 1985, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. ONE CRAZY SUMMER, Demi Moore, John Cusack, Matt Mulhern, William Hickey, 1986. ©Warner Bros. NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CHRISTMAS VACATION, Chevy Chase, William Hickey, 1989, (c) Warner Brothers PRIZZI'S HONOR, Lee Richardson, Willliam Hickey, Robert Loggia, 1985, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved.

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Puppet Master: Blitzkrieg Massacre Andre Toulon (Character) - 2018
      44% 49% Mouse Hunt Rudolph Smuntz (Character) $61.8M 1997
      No Score Yet 47% Love Is All There Is Monsignor (Character) $61.3K 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Better Than Ever Walter (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 36% The Maddening Daddy (Character) - 1995
      15% 49% The Jerky Boys Don 'Uncle Freddy' Frederico (Character) $7.6M 1995
      50% 56% Forget Paris Arthur (Character) $32.0M 1995
      29% 68% Major Payne Dr. Phillips (Character) $29.4M 1995
      95% 92% The Nightmare Before Christmas Evil Scientist (Voice) $86.1M 1993
      No Score Yet 22% The Runestone Lars Hagstrom (Character) - 1992
      71% 59% My Blue Heaven Billy Sparrow (Character) $22.8M 1990
      46% 44% Tales From the Darkside: The Movie Drogan (segment "Cat From Hell") (Character) $15.4M 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales From the Darkside Unknown (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Any Man's Death Unknown (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 44% Mob Boss Don Anthony (Character) - 1990
      43% 40% Puppet Master Andre Toulon (Character) - 1989
      75% 66% Sea of Love Frank Keller Sr. (Character) $56.6M 1989
      70% 86% National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Uncle Lewis (Character) $70.0M 1989
      No Score Yet 83% Sons Roger (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet It Had to Be You Schornberg (Character) - 1989
      60% 39% Bright Lights, Big City Ferret Man (Character) $15.7M 1988
      64% 58% Da Drumm (Character) $3.3M 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Starlight: A Musical Movie Billy Davis (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet 44% A Hobo's Christmas Cincinnati Harold (Character) - 1987
      76% 85% The Name of the Rose Ubertino da Casale (Character) $5.2M 1986
      45% 63% One Crazy Summer Old Man Beckersted (Character) $13.4M 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Stranded Mr. Pierson (Character) - 1986
      41% 59% Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins The Coney Island barker (Character) $14.4M 1985
      85% 62% Prizzi's Honor Don Corrado Prizi (Character) $26.6M 1985
      88% 74% Wise Blood Preacher (Character) - 1979
      45% 44% The Sentinel Perry (Character) - 1977
      88% 79% Mikey and Nicky Sid Fine (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet 53% 92 in the Shade Mr. Skelton (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet 75% Happy Birthday, Wanda June Looseleaf Harper (Character) - 1971
      91% 87% Little Big Man Historian (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sandman Unknown (Character) - 1970
      88% 74% The Boston Strangler Eugene T. O'Rourke (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet 39% Invitation to a Gunfighter Jo-Jo (Character) - 1964
      50% 42% Something Wild Bit Part (uncredited) (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet 75% A Hatful of Rain Apples (Character) - 1957

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Elvira's 10 Nights of Halloween Andre Toulon (Character) 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Outer Limits Harlan Hawkes (Character) 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wings Unknown (Guest Star) 1992-1994
      0% No Score Yet Baby Talk Mr. Fogarty (Character) 1991
      82% 96% Tales From the Crypt Unknown (Character) 1990
      71% 85% Miami Vice Hans Kozak (Guest Star) 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Spenser: For Hire Unknown (Character) 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Equalizer Unknown (Guest Star) 1985-1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Startime Unknown (Character) 1960