Tom Wilkinson & George Clooney in Michael Clayton (2007) Tony Gilroy HD Sydney Pollack

Tom Wilkinson as Arthur Edens, attorney at Kenner, Bach, and Ledeen • Michael Clayton was nominated for 7 OSCARs • Thomas Geoffrey Wilkinson OBE (5 February 1948 – 30 December 2023) was an English actor. Known for his role on stage and screen, he received numerous accolades including a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Primetime Emmy Award as well as nominations for 2 Oscars and two Laurence Olivier Awards. In 2005, he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Michael Clayton is a 2007 American legal thriller film written and directed by Tony Gilroy in his feature directorial debut and starring George Clooney as lawyer Michael Clayton, who discovers a coverup by one of his firm’s clients. Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton, and Sydney Pollack appear in supporting roles.

Released on October 5, 2007, the film grossed $93 million worldwide. It was praised for its direction, performances, and screenplay; Swinton’s performance was particularly lauded. Michael Clayton was nominated for seven Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Score, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor for Clooney, Best Supporting Actor for Wilkinson, and Best Supporting Actress for Swinton, which she won

George Clooney as Michael Clayton, attorney at Kenner, Bach, and Ledeen
Tom Wilkinson as Arthur Edens, attorney at Kenner, Bach, and Ledeen
Tilda Swinton as Karen Crowder, counsel at U-North
Sydney Pollack as Marty Bach, managing partner at Kenner, Bach, and Ledeen
Michael O’Keefe as Barry Grissom, attorney at Kenner, Bach, and Ledeen
Sean Cullen as Gene Clayton, Michael’s brother, a police detective
David Lansbury as Timmy Clayton, Michael’s brother
Ken Howard as Don Jeffries, U-North’s CEO
Merritt Wever as Anna, one of the plaintiffs against U-North
Austin Williams as Henry Clayton, Michael’s young son
Denis O’Hare as Mr. Greer
Julie White as Mrs. Greer
Bill Raymond as Gabe Zabel
Robert Prescott as Verne, a hit man
Terry Serpico as Iker, another hit man

Wilkinson trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art before making his West End debut portraying Horatio in Hamlet (1980) for which he received a nomination for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. He returned to the West End playing Dr. Stockmann in the Henrik Ibsen play An Enemy of the People (1988) receiving a Laurence Olivier Award for Actor of the Year in a Revival nomination.

Wilkinson received the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for The Full Monty (1997) as well as two Academy Award nominations, one for Best Actor for In the Bedroom (2001) and Best Supporting Actor for Michael Clayton (2007). He became known as a character actor, acting in numerous films such as In the Name of the Father (1993), Sense and Sensibility (1995), Shakespeare in Love (1998), The Patriot (2000), Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Batman Begins (2005), Valkyrie (2008), The Ghost Writer (2010), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011), Belle (2013), Selma (2014), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), and Denial (2016).

In 2009 he won a Golden Globe Award and a Primetime Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in the HBO limited series John Adams (2008). His other Emmy-nominated roles were as Roy/Ruth Applewood in the HBO film Normal (2003), James Baker in the HBO film Recount (2008), and Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. in the limited series The Kennedys (2011)

Directed by Tony Gilroy
Written by Tony Gilroy
Produced by

Sydney Pollack
Steven Samuels
Jennifer Fox
Kerry Orent


George Clooney
Tom Wilkinson
Tilda Swinton
Sydney Pollack

Cinematography Robert Elswit
Edited by John Gilroy
Music by James Newton Howard

Samuels Media
Castle Rock Entertainment
Mirage Enterprises
Section Eight Productions

Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures (North America)
Summit Entertainment (International)
Release dates

August 31, 2007 (Venice)
October 5, 2007 (United States)

Running time
120 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $21.5 million[2]
Box office $93 million


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