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Heathcote Williams


Born - 15 November 1941, Helsby, Cheshire, England
Died - 1 July 2017

Controversial, shaggy-haired, ski-nosed, impish-lookiing English poet, playwright. actor and graffiti artist, noted for setting himself on fire in the late 1960s after breaking up with the model Jean Shrimpton. Born John Heathcote-Williams, he wrote a memorable 30-minute monologue for Hancock's Half Hour as well as several radically influenced books. Films were as scattershot as his life, which was blighted by ill-health: Love Love Love (1968), Wet Dreams (1974), The Tempest (1979), Wish You Were Here (1987), Stormy Monday (1988), Slipstream (1989), Orlando (1992), The Browning Version (1994), Blue Juice (1995), Bring Me the Head of Mavis Davis (1997), Cousin Bette (1998), Miss Julie (1999), Honest (2000), Hotel (2001), The Reckoning (2002), Cargo (2004), Basic Instinct 2 (2006) and City of Ember (2008), his last. He died from cancer.