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|Born||Denholm Mitchell Elliott
31 May 1922
Ealing, London, England, United Kingdom
|Died||6 October 1992
|Cause of death||AIDS|
|Alma mater||Royal Academy of Dramatic Art|
(m. 1954; divorced)
(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. In the 1980s, he won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in three consecutive years.
Early life[change | change source]
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.
Movies[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- "British Film Institute Biography". http://www.screenonline.org.uk/people/id/452513/index.html. Retrieved 24 September 2007.
- [unreliable source?] "Denholm Elliott Biography (1922–1992)". Filmreference. http://www.filmreference.com/film/97/Denholm-Elliott.html.
- Elliott, Susan; Turner, Barry (1994). Denholm Elliott: Quest for Love.