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A handsome, dark-haired, often mustachioed, actor, Stuart Wilson became more familiar to American moviegoers as the corrupt cop in "Lethal Weapon 3" (1992). Discerning TV viewers might remember the performer from a string of prestige British shows, many of which aired in the USA on PBS. The stage-trained Wilson has a prominent supporting role in "The Pallisers" (1977) and cut a dashing figure as Vronsky to Nicola Pagett's "Anna Karenina" (1978). In the syndicated "Running Blind" (1981), he was cast an undercover British agent while in the multi-part "The Jewel in the Crown" (1984), he played a British army major. After a turn as a policeman investigating a murder in David Hare's superb "Wetherby" (1985), Wilson was cast as a titled Hungarian with mixed feelings about the treatment of Jews under the Nazis in the NBC miniseries "Wallenberg: A Hero's Story" (also 1985).
Once his profile in American films was enhanced with his villainous turn in "Lethal Weapon 3," Wilson found more or less steady work in the States for a couple of years. He offered another villain, this time a gun-running mercenary, in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III," then turned more genteel but retaining an air of mystery as a suitor to the Countess (Michelle Pfeiffer) in "The Age of Innocence" (both 1993). The following year, the actor was tapped to play the leader of an anarchic band of rebels in the muddled sci-fi actioner "No Escape," cast as a diamond smuggler who seeks refuge in a sex retreat in the uneven comedy "Exit to Eden" and portrayed Sigourney Weaver's husband in Roman Polanski's film version of Ariel Dorfman's play "Death and the Maiden." Wilson went on play Helen Mirren's lover in two installments of "Prime Suspect" in 1995 and 1996 before etching another nefarious character, the Spanish governor, in "The Mark of Zorro" (1998), opposite Antonio Banderas and Anthony Hopkins.
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Made film debut as a gamekeeper in "Dulcimina"
Played Johann Strauss Jr in the ATV British series "The Strauss Family" (aired in the USA on ABC in 1973)
Had featured role in "The Pallisers" (aired in the USA on PBS' Masterpiece Theatre in 1977)
Starred as Count Vronsky in British series adaptation of "Anna Karenina" (aired in the USA on PBS in 1978)
Portrayed Count Rupert in the film "The Prisoner of Zenda"
Starred in syndicated TV series, "Running Blind"
Played Baron Kemeny in the NBC miniseries "Wallenberg: A Hero's Story"
Appeared alongside Vanessa Redgrave in "Weatherby"
Co-starred with Vanessa, Lynn and Jemma Redgrave in a stage production of "Three Sisters"
Portrayed a corrupt cop in "Lethal Weapon 3"
Co-starred as Julius Beaufort in "The Age of Innocence"
Played Sigourney Weaver's husband in the film adaptation of the stage play "Death and the Maiden"
Appeared opposite Helen Mirren in two installments of "Prime Suspect"
Portrayed the nemesis of Antonio Banderas in "The Mask of Zorro"
Appeared in "The Luzhin Defence"
Co-starred in "Vertical Limit"
Played Robin Hood in Disney's "Princess of Thieves" (aired on ABC in the US)
Starred opposite Sinead Cusack in the Royal Shakespeare Company's staging of "Antony and Cleopatra"
Appeared in the British action comedy, "Hot Fuzz"