Denholm Elliott

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Denholm Elliott

Denholm Mitchell Elliott

(1922-05-31)31 May 1922
Died6 October 1992(1992-10-06) (aged 70)
Cause of deathTuberculosis complicated by AIDS
EducationMalvern College
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
Years active1949–1992
Spouse(s)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 1981, he won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.[2]

Early life[change | change source]

Elliott was born in London, England. He was the son of Nina (née Mitchell) and Myles Laymen Farr Elliott.[3] 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.[4] His widow set up a charity, the Denholm Elliott Project, in his honour and collaborated on his biography.[5]

Movies[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. McFarlane, Brian. "Elliott, Denholm (1922-1992)". BFI Screenonline. Retrieved 24 September 2007.
  2. "Television Actor in 1981". BAFTA. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  3. Gaita, Paul. "Denholm Elliott". Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  4. Shipman, David. "Obituary: Denholm Elliott". Independent. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  5. Elliott, Susan; Turner, Barry (1994). Denholm Elliott: Quest for Love.

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