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Also Known As: Died: October 6, 1992
Born: May 31, 1922 Cause of Death: complications resulting from AIDS
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor

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One of the most accomplished character actors of the 20th century, Denholm Elliott was an award-winning performer who embodied the extraordinary lives of ordinary men in films ranging from "Nothing But the Best" (1964) and "The Doll House" (1973) to "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981), "Trading Places" (1983) and "Room with a View" (1985), which earned him an Oscar nomination. Elliott's stock in trade was his enormous capacity to strike an emotional chord within his characters, which tended towards officious professionals or outsiders contending with past regrets. He rose to fame in the early 1960s as a wayward aristocrat in "Nothing but the Best" and soon established himself as a versatile character actor on television and in numerous films. Elliott reached his apex in the early 1980s with a string of high-profile hits including "Raiders," "Trading Places" and "Room" before he was diagnosed with the HIV virus in 1987. He would spend the remaining years of his life active in features and TV before his death in 1992, which brought to a close a remarkable and well-respected career.

One of the most accomplished character actors of the 20th century, Denholm Elliott was an award-winning performer who embodied the extraordinary lives of ordinary men in films ranging from "Nothing But the Best" (1964) and "The Doll House" (1973) to "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981), "Trading Places" (1983) and "Room with a View" (1985), which earned him an Oscar nomination. Elliott's stock in trade was his enormous capacity to strike an emotional chord within his characters, which tended towards officious professionals or outsiders contending with past regrets. He rose to fame in the early 1960s as a wayward aristocrat in "Nothing but the Best" and soon established himself as a versatile character actor on television and in numerous films. Elliott reached his apex in the early 1980s with a string of high-profile hits including "Raiders," "Trading Places" and "Room" before he was diagnosed with the HIV virus in 1987. He would spend the remaining years of his life active in features and TV before his death in 1992, which brought to a close a remarkable and well-respected career.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Noises Off (1992) Selsdon Mowbray (& The Burglar)
2.
 Toy Soldiers (1991) Headmaster
3.
 Scorchers (1991) Howler
4.
 Love She Sought, The (1990) James
5.
 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) Marcus Brody
6.
 Return to the River Kwai (1989) Colonel Grayson
7.
 Over Indulgence (1989)
8.
 Killing Dad (1989) Nathy Berg
9.
10.
 Stealing Heaven (1988) Canon Fulbert
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Milestones close milestones

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Joined RAF bomber command during WWII; was captured in action and held as POW in Germany (1942-45)
1945:
Stage acting debut in "The Drunkard" in Amersham, Bucks., England
1946:
London debut, "The Guinea Pig"
1949:
Film debut, "Dear Mr. Prohack"
1951:
Broadway debut, "The Green Bay Tree"
1986:
Received an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor for "A Room With a View"
1992:
Final feature film, "Noises Off"
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Education

Malvern College: -
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England - 1939

Notes

Named Commander of the British Empire.

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wife:
Virginia McKenna. Actor. Married on March 1, 1954, divorced.
wife:
Susan Robinson.

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father:
Myles Layman Elliott.
mother:
Nina Elliott.
daughter:
Jennifer Elliott. Mother, Virginia McKenna.
son:
Mark Elliott. Mother, Virginia McKenna.
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