Rik Mayall

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Rik Mayall
Richard Michael Mayall

(1948-03-03)3 March 1948
Harlow, Essex, England
Died19 June 2014(2014-06-19) (aged 66)
Barnes, London, England
Alma materUniversity of Manchester
Occupation(s)Actor, comedian, writer
Years active1980–2014
SpouseBarbara Robbin (m. 1985–2014)

Richard Michael "Rik" Mayall (3 March 1948 – 19 June 2014) was a British actor, comedian and writer. He starred in many sitcoms, including Man Down,The Young Ones, Blackadder, Filthy Rich and Catflap, The New Statesman and Bottom. He also starred in the movies Eye of the Needle (1981), Drop Dead Fred (1991) and Guest House Paradiso (1999). He also won an Emmy Award in 1997 for The Willows in Winter (1995).

Mayall was born in Harlow, Essex. When he was three, he moved to Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire. He studied drama at the University of Manchester. He had a relationship with writer Lise Mayer in the early 1980s. He was married to Scottish make-up artist, Barbara Robbin from 7 February 1985 until his death. The couple had two daughters and a son together. His autobiography was published in 13 April 2005.

On 17 April 1998, Mayall was injured in a quad bike accident near his home in Devon. After waking up from a coma and having operations, he made a full recovery but was left with epilepsy.[1]

Mayall died from a heart attack after a morning run on 19 June 2014 at his home in Barnes, London. He was 66 from Sky, BBC and ITV News.[2]


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  1. "Comedian Rik Mayall 'seriously ill'". BBC. 11 April 1998. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  2. "Rik Mayall, star of The Young Ones, dies aged 56". BBC. 9 June 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  3. "Rik Mayall died of heart attack after run, wife says". The Sydney Morning Herald. 12 June 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014.

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