Bill Paterson (June 3, 1945 in Glasgow) is a Scottish actor who has appeared in many films, plays and television series.
As a young man, Paterson spent three years as a quantity surveyor's apprentice, before attending the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He made his professional acting debut in 1967, appearing alongside Leonard Rossiter in Bertolt Brecht's The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre.
In 1970, Paterson joined the Citizen's Theatre for Youth. He remained there as an actor and assistant director until 1972, when he left to appear with Billy Connolly in The Great Northern Welly Boot Show at the Edinburgh Festival. (Paterson would work with Connolly again, some years later, when he performed in Connolly's play An Me Wi' a Bad Leg Tae.)
Paterson spent much of the 1970s in John McGrath's 7:84 (Scotland) Theatre Company, of which he was a founding member, touring the UK and Europe with plays such as The Cheviot, the Stag, and the Black Black Oil....
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Crush is a 2001 R-rated film written and directed by John McKay and starring Andie MacDowell, Imelda Staunton, Anna Chancellor, Kenny Doughty, and Bill Paterson....,
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, an unfinished feature film project by director Terry Gilliam, commenced filming in 2000, but shooting stopped within a week when star Jean Rochefort was injured. The only result of the production that was ever released was the 2002 documentary Lost in La Mancha, chronicling the attempt at making this "film that didn't want to be made". Quixote was set to have been one of the biggest European films ever made, with a budget of $32.1 million (scaled back from $40 million) and it was to have been one of Gilliam's most ambitious films, made without any American money. Finding the source material by Cervantes too vast, Gilliam and his co-writer Tony Grisoni decided to create their own version of the Quixote story, including a major change inspired by A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. The character of Sancho Panza would appear only very early in the film, to be replaced by Toby Grisoni, a twenty-first century marketing executive thrown back through...
The Rachel Papers is a 1989 British film based on a novel by Martin Amis. It stars Dexter Fletcher and Ione Skye as the two main characters, and a number of famous names in supporting roles (including Jonathan Pryce, Bill Paterson, James Spader, Jared Harris and Claire Skinner, as well as a cameo appearance by the legendary Michael Gambon).
With the original novel having described both emotional and physical experiences told from a narrative point of view, Dexter Fletcher conveys this stance by performing occasional "asides" to the audience and often "monologuing" to the camera in a style similar to the posture adopted by Matthew Broderick in the American film Ferris Bueller's Day Off from 1986. This has often led to critics citing this film as the UK's answer to that one, although aside from the monologuing, the two films are otherwise largely unalike in terms of plot and characters.
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Comfort and Joy is a movie released in 1984 and directed by Bill Forsyth. It starred Bill Paterson as a Glasgow, Scotland radio DJ whose life undergoes a bizarre upheaval when his girlfriend moves out of their apartment, taking much of the furniture with her.
In his quest for solace, he follows a girl riding in an ice-cream van and finds himself in the middle of a turf war between rival Italian ice-cream sellers. After several misadventures (including the 'bombing' of his fancy sports car with ice-cream cones) he negotiates a truce between the rivals, who turn out to be uncle and nephew. He does this by giving them a new treat that both can sell, while he alone controls the recipe.
The script features the whimsical humour that was Forsyth's trademark at this time, and pushes the limits even further in some respects. The nephew's operation is called "Mr. Bunny", and the trouble starts after Paterson's character, Alan "Dicky" Bird, follows the "Mr. Bunny" ice-cream van under a...
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