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Elliott in TRADING PLACES.

About Denholm Elliott (1922 – 1992)

Denholm Elliott was born on May 31, 1922, in Ealing, London, England, the son of Nina (née Mitchell) and Myles Laymen Farr Elliott.

In a childhood accident, Denholm Elliott lost the top of his right thumb.

Denholm attended Malvern College, and enrolled-in-training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, for only one term. Denholm shared in a well-published interview about this first endeavor as a thespian-in-training; "They wrote to my mother and said, 'Much as we like the little fellow, he's wasting your money and our time. Take him away!'"

Denholm Elliott served in the RAF during WWII, as a sergeant radio operator and gunner. His plane, a Handley Page Halifax DT508 bomber, was shot down over Germany, landing in the North Sea, near Sylt, Germany. Denholm and two other surviving airmen spent the rest of the War in Stalag 8B POW camp in Silesia, Germany.

While in Stalag 8B POW Camp, Denholm became involved in the dramatic productions that fellow POWs organized for their own amusement; which jump-started his interest in being an actor.

Denholm Elliott was married twice; actress Virginia McKenna; (1954-1957), and Susan Robinson, in an open marriage; (1963 - His death). Denholm and Susan had two children; Mark and Jennifer.

Elliott's career spanned nearly 40 years. He became a well-known face both in Britain and the United States, disproving the opinion of his talent held by those at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Denholm Elliott made his London stage debut in 1946, and his film debut in 1949, with DEAR MR. PROHACK.

Elliott is best known for being Harrison Ford's professional colleague, Marcus Brody, in RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, and INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE.

The last years of Denholm Elliott's life were spent appearing in a handful of wildly popular films, including as Dan Aykroyd's valet, in TRADING PLACES; (1983). Denholm won a BAFTA Film Award, in 1984, for this performance.

Denholm Elliott was on a roll! In 1985, he won another BAFTA AWARD for his performance in A PRIVATE FUNCTION;(1984). In 1986, Denholm Elliott did it again! Denholm won another BAFTA Best Supporting Actor Award for his performance in DEFENSE OF THE REALM.

Denholm Elliott earned an Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination for his performance as Mr. Emerson, in A ROOM WITH A VIEW, as well as a BAFTA Award;(1987).

Denholm Elliott, a bi-sexual, was disgnosed with HIV in 1987. On October 6, 1992, Denholm Elliott passed away in Ibiza, Spain, from AIDS-related tuberculosis at his home.

Denholm Elliott's notable movie credits include...

NOISES OFF (1992)
SCORCHERS (1991)
TOY SOLDIERS (1991)
INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE (1989)
A ROOM WITH A VIEW (1985)
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)
RISING DAMP (1980)
A BRIDGE TOO FAR (1977)
VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED (1976)
PERCY (1971)
LEASE OF LIFE (1954)
DEAR MR. PROHACK (1949)



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Denholm Elliott in A BRIDGE TOO FAR (1977).

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Denholm Elliott with his co-stars in TRADING PLACES (1983).

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Denholm Elliott in
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
(1981).


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Denholm Elliott in
THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL
(1978).

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Denholm Elliott in NOISES OFF (1992)