Date of Birth 31 May 1922, Ealing, London, England, UK Date of Death 6 October 1992, Ibiza, Spain (AIDS) Birth Name Denholm Mitchell Elliott Height 5' 10¾" (1.80 m) Denholm Mitchell Elliott, CBE was a distinguished British actor, well known for his appearances on stage, film and television. Elliott was born in London to Nina Mitchell and Myles Layman Elliott. He attended Malvern College and afterwards served in the RAF during World War Two. In 1942 he was shot down over Denmark and spent the rest of the war in a P.O.W. camp in Silesia. After the war, he made his film debut in Dear Mr. Prohack (1949). He went on to play a large range of parts, often playing ineffectual and occasionally seedy characters, such as the journalist Bayliss in Defence of the Realm, the abortionist in Alfie, and the washed-up film director in The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. He made many television appearances, notably in plays by Dennis Potter, including Follow The Yellow Brick Road (1972), Brimstone and Treacle (1976) and Blade on the Feather (1980). He took over from an ill Michael Aldridge for one season of The Man in Room 17 (1966) and also appeared in series such as Thriller (1975). In the 1980s he won three BAFTA awards as 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 ineffectual Dr. Marcus Brody in Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. In 1988, Elliott was awarded the CBE for his services to acting. His career included many stage performances, including with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Openly bisexual, Elliott was married twice, the first time to the British actress, Virginia McKenna for a few months in 1954, and the second to Susan Elliott, with whom he had two children. His daughter Jennifer died by suicide in 2003. Elliott was diagnosed with HIV in 1987, and died of AIDS-related tuberculosis at the age of 70 at his home on Ibiza. His widow Susan Elliott, who died on April 7, 2007 following a fire in her flat in London, set up a charity, the Denholm Elliott Project in his honour, she also worked closely with the UK Coalition of People living with HIV and AIDS.