William Hickey, a stage and film character actor who achieved popularity late in his career with an Oscar nomination in 1985 for his portrayal of a shriveled, wise old Mafia Don in John Huston’s “Prizzi’s Honor,” died June 29 of emphysema and bronchitis complications at Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan. He was 69.
Hickey, a Brooklyn native began his career on the stage and radio in the late 1940s. He subsequently appeared in nearly 30 films and numerous Golden Age TV shows before achieving breakthrough popularity with role of Don Corrado Prizzi. Hickey was 57 at the time. His last film appearance is in the currently released DreamWorks SKG release “Mouse Hunt.”