Denholm Elliott

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Denholm Elliott
CBE
Born Denholm Mitchell Elliott
31 May 1922(1922-05-31)
Ealing, London, England, United Kingdom
Died 6 October 1992(1992-10-06) (aged 70)
Ibiza, Spain
Cause of death AIDS
Nationality British
Education Malvern College
Alma mater Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Occupation Actor
Years active 1949–1992
Spouse Virginia McKenna
(m. 1954; divorced)
Susan Robinson
(m. 1962–1992; his death)

Denholm Mitchell Elliott, CBE (31 May 1922 – 6 October 1992) was an English film, television and theatre actor. He was in more than 120 movies and television programmes.[1] In the 1980s, he won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in three consecutive years.

Early life[change | change source]

Elliott was born in London, England. He was the son of Nina (née Mitchell) and Myles Laymen Farr Elliott.[2] He attended Malvern College and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

Career[change | change source]

In the 1980s, he won three consecutive British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards – Best Supporting Actor for Trading Places as Dan Aykroyd's kindly butler, A Private Function, and Defence of the Realm – as well as an Academy Award nomination for A Room with a View. He also became familiar to a wider audience as the well-meaning but addlepated Dr. Marcus Brody in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. A photograph of his character appears in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and a reference is made to Brody's death. In 1988, Elliott played the Russian mole Povin in the television miniseries Codename: Kyril.

Death[change | change source]

Elliott was diagnosed with HIV in 1987. He died of AIDS-related tuberculosis at his home on Ibiza, Spain, in 1992. His widow set up a charity, the Denholm Elliott Project, in his honour and collaborated on his biography.[3]

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