'Game of Thrones' actor diagnosed with terminal cancer
Wilko Johnson, who plays the mute executioner Ilyn Payne on the hit HBO drama, says that he will forego chemotherapy.
Thu, Jan 10 2013 at 9:50 AM
Musician/actor Wilko Johnson, one of the founding influences of the British punk movement and a recurring character on HBO's "Game of Thrones," has announced that he has terminal pancreatic cancer.
“I am very sad to announce that Wilko has recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer of the pancreas," shared his manager Robert Hoy on Johnson's Facebook page. "He has chosen not to receive any chemotherapy. He is currently in good spirits, is not yet suffering any physical effects and can expect to enjoy at least another few months of reasonable health and activity.”
While music is his first love, Johnson has most recently gained additional fame as the menacing mute executioner Illyn Payne on "Game of Thrones."
“They said they wanted somebody really sinister who went around looking daggers at people before killing them,” Wilko said in 2011. “That made it easy. Looking daggers at people is what I do all the time, it’s like second nature to me.”
According to his manager, the 65-year-old - a founding member of the legendary rhythm and blues band Dr. Feelgood - will make the most of his time left by recording a new album, touring France, and playing a series of farewell concerts in the UK.
“Wilko wishes to offer his sincere thanks for all the support he has had over his long career, from those who have worked with him to, above all, those devoted fans and admirers who have attended his live gigs, bought his recordings and generally made his life such an extraordinarily full and eventful experience,” said Hoy.
Check out a video of Johnson rocking out in 2007 below.
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