Born to poor Jewish parents in South Philadelphia, SAMUEL BYCK dropped out of high school in order to support his impoverished family. He enlisted in the US Army in 1954, was honorably discharged in 1956, married shortly thereafter, and had four children. In 1972, Byck began to suffer from severe bouts of depression after his wife divorced him and after experiencing many business failures. He admitted himself to a psychiatric ward where he stayed for two months. Byck began to harbour the belief that the government was behind his problems.

He first came to the notice of the Secret Service in 1972, when he threatened Nixon, whom he had resented ever since the Small Business Administration had turned him down for a loan. Byck also had sent bizarre tape recordings to various public figures including composer of 'West Side Story' Leonard Bernstein (Lenny). However, the Secret Service considered Byck to be harmless. In 1974 in a plan much ahead of its time he made his decision to assassinate Nixon by hijacking an airliner and crashing it into the White House.

Attempted to assassinate President Richard Nixon (February 22, 1974)


NICK HOLDER

Theatre: At the National Theatre; ‘Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street’ (Pirelli), ‘The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui’, ‘South Pacific’ (Luther Billis), ‘L'Assommoir’, ‘The Miser’, ‘Wolfpit’ and ‘The Wind In The Willows’ (Hedgehog/Weasel). For the Royal Shakepseare Company; ‘The Merry Wives Of Windsor’, ‘Anthony And Cleopatra’, ‘As You Like It’ and ‘The Beggar's Opera’. ‘Into The Woods’ (The Baker /Donmar Warehouse), ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ (Feldzeig/Novello Theatre), ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ (Herod/Lyceum Theatre), ‘Les Miserables’ (Jean Valjean/Palace Theatre), ‘Les Miserables’, Tenth Anniversary Concert (Brujon/Royal Albert Hall), ‘Richard III’ and ‘The Music Man’ (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), ‘Little Fish’ and ‘A Day At The Racists’ (Finborough Theatre).

Television: ‘Psychoville’, ‘Respectable’, ‘The Fast Show’, ‘Planespotting’, ‘Holby City’, ‘Eastenders’,  ‘Roger Roger’, ‘Born and Bred’, ‘Doctors’, ‘The Bill’ and ‘London's Burning’.

Film: ‘Evita’, ‘Clubbed’, ‘The Four Feathers’, ‘Lady Godiva’, ‘Sex Lives of the Potato Men’, ‘The Final Curtain’, ‘Cash in Hand’ and ‘The Criminal’.

Recordings: ‘Miss Saigon’ (Original Cast Album), ‘Les Miserables’ (Symphonic Recording), ‘The Three Musketeers’, ‘Peter Pan’ and ‘Evita’ (Movie Soundtrack).

Nick has also appeared in Bertolt Brecht & Kurt Weill's ‘Happy End’ at The Queen Elizabeth Hall and on Classic Challenge for BBC TV.