Richard Wilson

Biography of Richard Wilson

Richard Wilson
Richard Wilson

(Iain) Richard Wilson (1936- ) was Rector of the University from 1996 until 1999. The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on him in 1999.

Born in Greenock, Wilson trained as a laboratory technician at Stobhill Hospital before he was accepted at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and became an actor. He has had a successful career acting in the theatre and on television, and his most popular roles include those of Eddie Clockerty in Tutti Frutti and as Victor Meldrew in One Foot in the Grave. He became a successful theatre and televison director, was appointed OBE in 1994 and is an Associate Director of the Royal Court.

Johnny Ball, the retiring Rector, stood again in the 1996 election, as did the journalist Dorothy-Grace Elder and the Saudi Arabian dissident Muhammad A S Al-Mass'ari. The journalist Ian Hislop withdrew before the election. Wilson proved to be a high-profile rector, who chaired almost every meeting of the University Court during his term of office and was frequently seen about the campus, attending meetings and functions to discuss and publicise important student issues. He referred to his opening of the new Centre for Theatre, Film and Television's Gilmorehill Centre in 1997 as one of his fondest memories of his time as Rector.


Richard Wilson
Actor and Theatre Director

Born 1936, Greenock, Scotland.
University Link: Rector
Occupation categories: actors; theatre directors
Record last updated: 10th May 2008

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