Denholm Elliott

Biography

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.

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Birth Name

Denholm Mitchell Elliott

Birth Place

Kensington, London, England, UK

Birth Date

5/31/1922

Death Date

10/6/1992
Known For
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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Marcus Brody

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September

Howard

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Zulu Dawn

Colonel Pulleine

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Noises Off!

Selsdon Mowbray / The Burglar

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Defence of the Realm

Vernon Bayliss

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Clive Barker's Underworld

Dr. Savary

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Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles

Dr. Mortimer

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Maurice

Doctor Barry

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A Private Function

Dr. Charles Swaby

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Marco Polo

Niccolo Polo (1 episode, 1982)

Starring In
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An Accidental Studio

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Dark Arts: Inside 'To the Devil a Daughter'

Henry Beddows (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Marcus Brody (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Indiana Jones: Making the Trilogy

Himself (archive footage)

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And the Band Played On

Undetermined film role (epilogue sequence) (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Noises Off!

Selsdon Mowbray / The Burglar

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A Murder Of Quality

George Smiley

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Toy Soldiers

Headmaster

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Scorchers

Howler

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One Against the Wind

Father LeBlanc

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Catherine Cookson: The Black Candle

William Filmore

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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Marcus Brody

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Return From The River Kwai

Colonel Grayson

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Killing Dad

Monty Berg

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The Bourne Identity

Geoffrey Washburn

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Noble House

Alastair Struan

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Stealing Heaven

Fulbert

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September

Howard

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Maurice

Doctor Barry

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A Child's Christmas in Wales

Old Geraint

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The Whoopee Boys

Col. Phelps

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Defence of the Realm

Vernon Bayliss

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Mrs. Delafield Wants To Marry

George Parker

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A Room With A View

Mr. Emerson, an English tourist

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A Private Function

Dr. Charles Swaby

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Clive Barker's Underworld

Dr. Savary

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The Razor's Edge

Elliott Templeton

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The Wicked Lady

Sir Ralph Skelton

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Trading Places

Coleman

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Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles

Dr. Mortimer

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Brimstone And Treacle

Tom Bates

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The Missionary

The Bishop

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Marco Polo

Niccolo Polo (1 episode, 1982)

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Raiders of the Lost Ark

Brody

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The Hound of the Baskervilles

Stapleton

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Sunday Lovers

Parker (segment "An Englishman's Home")

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Rising Damp - The Movie

Charles Seymour

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Bad Timing

Stefan Vognic

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Cuba

Donald Skinner

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Zulu Dawn

Colonel Pulleine

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Saint Jack

William Leigh

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Game for Vultures

Raglan Thistle

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Watership Down

Cowslip (voice)

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The Boys from Brazil

Sidney Beynon

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Sweeney 2

Jupp

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The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It

English Delegate

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A Bridge Too Far

R.A.F. Met. Officer

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To the Devil a Daughter

Henry Beddows

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Robin and Marian

Will Scarlett

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The Signalman

The Signalman

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Voyage of the Damned

Admiral Canaris

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Die Verschwörung

Petapiece

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The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

Friar

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It's Not the Size that Counts

Sir Emmanuel Whitbread

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The Vault of Horror

Diltant (segment 5 "Drawn and Quartered")

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Zhan shen tan

Chris

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A Doll's House

Krogstad

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Madame Sin

Malcolm De Vere

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The House That Dripped Blood

Charles Hillyer (segment "Method for Murder")

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Auf der Suche nach Liebe

Tom Lewis

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Too Late The Hero

Capt. Hornsby

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The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer

Peter Niss

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The Sea Gull

Dr. Yevgeny Dorn

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The Night They Raided Minsky's

Vance Fowler

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Die seltsame Geschichte von Dr. Jekyll und Mr. Hyde

Mr. George Devlin

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Maroc 7

Inspector Barrada

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Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush

Mr. Beauchamp

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Alfie

The Abortionist

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The Spy with a Cold Nose

Pond-Jones

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King Rat

Lt. Col. G.D. Larkin

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You Must Be Joking!

Capt. Tabasco

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A Date With Death

Lt. Charlie Baker

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Nothing But the Best

Charlie Prince

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Endstation 13 Sahara

Macey

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Holiday in Spain

Oliver Larker

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The Man Who Loved Redheads

Denis

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The Night My Number Came Up

Fl. Lt. McKenzie

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They Who Dare

Sergeant Corcoran

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The Heart of the Matter

Wilson

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The Cruel Sea

Morell

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The Ringer

John Lemley

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The Holly and the Ivy

Michael Gregory

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The Sound Barrier

Chris

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The Curious Adventures of Mr. Wonderbird

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