Nick Wilkinson, a casting director for ABC Tv and Theatre Communications Group, died Sept. 29 on the Hawaiian island of Kauai from a coronary heart assault at age 69. His dying was confirmed by his husband, Jamie Wooten,
Wilkinson was the longtime director of casting for Theatre Communications Group in New York Metropolis, which was recognized within the 1980’s as ‘Central Casting’ for a lot of the regional theaters throughout America.
He then grew to become casting director for the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, and later was employed by ABC Tv as a director of casting, each in New York and later Los Angeles, and helped solid main tasks within the Motion pictures & Miniseries division, and in addition their Daytime division.
In his lengthy casting profession, he was very pleased with the half he performed in serving to beforehand unknown actors, like Bruce Willis and Sarah Michelle Gellar, start their climb to stardom.
After retiring from casting, and indulging his data and love of artwork with a stint as a docent at Los Angeles County Museum of Artwork, he returned to his old flame, writing, and wrote a number of TV sequence episodes (For Your Love, Disney’s Instructor’s Pet) together with his writing companion, Jessie Jones.
He then accomplished the circle and returned to theater, this time as a playwright, as one of many much-produced comedy playwright trio generally known as Jones Hope Wooten (Hope was Wilkinson’s mom’s center title and his nom de plume).
Their comedies have been produced hundreds of instances on phases world wide.
He’s survived by his husband, Jamie Wooten, who was one of many writers and producers of the tv sequence The Golden Ladies. Their romance spanned 30 years.
An avid world traveler and devoted animal lover, donations in Wilkinson’s reminiscence could be made to Animal Haven of Asheville, NC, town the place the Jones Hope Wooten comedies first got here to life.