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Denholm Elliott

  • Birth 31 May 1922 Ealing, London Borough of Ealing, Greater London, England
  • Death 6 Oct 1992 Santa Eularia des Riu, Provincia de Islas Baleares, Islas Baleares, Spain
  • Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered, Specifically: Ashes scattered at his home garden in Ibiza
  • Memorial ID 12976

Actor. A veteran performer of films, theatre, and television, he appeared in over 120 films during his career that spanned six decades and is probably best remembered for his portrayal as 'Dr. Marcus Brody' in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981) and "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (1989), with actor Harrison Ford. Born Denholm Mitchell Elliott in Ealing, Middlesex, England his father was a lawyer. After attending Malvern College in Malvern, Worcestershire, England he trained briefly at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England. During World War II he joined the British Royal Air Force and became a prisoner of war at Silesta, in Poland following the crash of his aircraft in the North Sea after completing a bombing mission over Germany in September 1942. After being released at the end of World War II, he pursued his acting career and made his film debut in "Dear Mr. Prohack" (1949). During the 1980s he won three British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards, for Best Supporting Actor in "Trading Places" (1983), "A Private Function" (1984), and "Defence of the Realm" (1985). His other notable film appearances include "The Cruel Sea" (1953), "King Rat" (1965), "Alfie" (1966), "The Spy With a Cold Nose" (1966), "The House that Dripped Blood" (1971), "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz" (1974), "A Bridge Too Far" (1977), "The Boys from Brazil" (1978), "Zulu Dawn" (1979), "The Wicked Lady" (1983), A Room with a View" (1985), "Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry" (1986), "Bangkok Hilton" (1989), and "Toy Soldiers" (1991). For television, his notable appearances include "The Apollo of Bellac" (1955), "The Man in Room 17" (1966), "Follow the Yellow Brick Road" (1972), "Thriller" (1975), "Brimstone and Treacle" (1976), "Blade on the Feather" (1980), "Codename: Kyril" (1988), and "Noble House" (1988). In 1988 he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his contributions to acting. His final film role was in "Noises Off" (1992). A private bisexual, he was briefly married to actress Virginia McKenna (1954) and then to actress Susan Robinson (1962 until his death). His final film role was in "Noises Off" (1992) prior to his death at his home in Santa Eulària des Riu, Ibiza, Spain from AIDS-related tuberculosis at the age of 70. His widow established a charity called The Denholm Elliott Project in his honor and co-authored the book "Denholm Elliott: Queen of Love" (1996) that chronicled his life.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 12 Oct 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12976
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Denholm Elliott (31 May 1922–6 Oct 1992), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12976, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes scattered, who reports a Ashes scattered at his home garden in Ibiza.