E G Harcourt Williams (30 March 1880 – 13 December 1957) was an English character actor.
He was a conscientious objector in the First World War; this was said to be the reason why he received no official recognition for his theatre work.
Williams worked in Benson's company and toured Shakespeare in the provinces and was further greatly influenced by Martin-Harvey, and by Ellen Terry, who had coached him when he was in her company.
In 1929 Lilian Baylis appointed the then 49 year old actor as the new director of the Old Vic and he was responsible for asking John Gielgud to join as a leading actor in the new company he was forming.
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... Baylis of the Old Vic appointed a new director, Harcourt Williams, and he asked Gielgud if he would join the Old Vic as a leading actor in the company ... Harcourt Williams later wrote that Gielgud's playing of the Abdication Scene in Richard II would remain in his mind as 'one of the great things witnessed in the theatre', and the ... Other notable early roles for Gielgud included Sergius in Harcourt Williams's Old Vic production of George Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man, Inigo Jollifant in Edward Knoblock's adaptation ...
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