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Remembering Tom

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The sudden, unexpected death of Tom Wilkinson has hit me hard, not simply because he was one of the finest actors of our generation, but because our friendship goes back to our college days.

I dialect-coached both Tom and his wife, Diana Hardcastle, in several films and plays over the years. My wife Marilyn, our son Cameron, and I had been guests at their London home. He left us far too soon, for I am sure he had even greater performances to add to his astonishing 130 movie credits and untold number of stage performances. For me, his greatest role was Arthur Edens in Michael Clayton with George Clooney.

Our condolences to Diana and their children, Alice and Molly. Farewell, Tom.