- Served in the Royal Air Force during WWII and was held prisoner for three years in Germany.
- His film debut was in 1949's Dear Mr. Prohack.
- His first Hollywood picture was 1965's King Rat, about survival in a WWII POW camp, but his breakthrough film was 1966's Alfie, in which he played a back-alley abortionist.
- Was memorable as a hard-drinking, blacklisted film director in the 1974 Richard Dreyfuss drama The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz.
- Known to many Americans for his role as valet to Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd's characters in the 1982 comedy Trading Places.
- Appeared in more than 100 movies throughout his career.
- Inspired a saying among admiring British actors: "Never act with children, dogs or Denholm Elliott."
- In 1988 was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire), an order of chivalry.
- Following his 1992 AIDS-related death, his widow, Susan, helped found the Denholm Elliott Project, to benefit HIV patients.
- 1982, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Artist: Nominee
- 1985, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Winner
- 1984, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Winner
- 1974, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee
- 1980, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee
- 1986, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- 1986, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Winner
- 1987, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- Myles Layman Elliott — Father
- Jennifer Elliott — Daughter
- Nina Mitchell — Mother
- Susan Robinson — Wife
- Mark Elliott — Son
- Virginia McKenna — Ex-wife
- Attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England
- Birth Name: Denholm Mitchell Elliott
- Birth Place: London, England
- Birthday: May 31, 1922, Gemini
- Died: October 6, 1992
- Profession: Actor
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