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article image'Game of Thrones' actor Wilko Johnson has pancreatic cancer

By Melanie Fourie     Jan 11, 2013 in Entertainment
The prolific entertainer, esteemed for his mesmerizing skills as a guitarist in the British punk movement for Dr.Feelgood and The Blockheads is said to be in good spirits despite the dim prognosis.
Johnson, 65, has opted not to receive chemotherapy and plans on working for as long as humanly possible.
Wilko Johnson was born in Essex England and first shot to fame in the 1970s as a songwriter and guitarist for rhythm and blues and pub rock English band Dr.Feelgood. His stage charisma, percussive playing style, verve and daring sense of fashion set him apart as an entertainer.
He is also said to have been the sole songwriter for the band’s first four albums, Sneakin Suspicion, Down by the Jetty, Stupidity and Malpractice and his genre style is crossed between rock and rhythm and blues.Johnson was employed as an English teacher before joining ranks with Ian Dury and The Blockheads in the 80s. Johnson is truly a jack of all trades and dabbled in literature in May last year when he co-authored his autobiography Looking back on Me with Zoe Howe.
The man of many talents wowed both audiences and producers with his presence as an actor in the movie Oil City Confidential,a role that made him sought after to portray the speechless executioner in the Game of Thrones fantasy series.
Johnson played the role of llyn Payne, an executioner who is unable to speak, in four episodes titled Blackwater, The Kingsroad, Fire and Blood and Baelor. His spell binding appearances in the episodes covered both series one and two.
His late wife and childhood sweetheart, Irene Knight had also been diagnosed with cancer. Johnson had first taken ill in November last year, even though he was diagnosed in January 2013.
Johnson’s manager Robert Hoy,has used social media via Johnson’s Facebook page to convey the following message regarding the brave entertainer:
“He is currently in good spirits, is not suffering any physical effects and can expect to enjoy at least another few months of reasonable health and activity.” Hoy added that Johnson has left for work in Japan and that he plans on recording another album. A live DVD release, tour of France as well as some farewell shows in the UK is also on the cards, according to Hoy.
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