Fast Facts

  • 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.

Awards

  • 1986, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1985, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 1986, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1983, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Winner
  • 1981, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Artist: Nominee
  • 1979, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee
  • 1984, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Winner
  • 1973, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee

Relationships

  • Nina Mitchell — Mother
  • Myles Layman Elliott — Father
  • Jennifer Elliott — Daughter
  • Susan Robinson — Wife
  • Mark Elliott — Son
  • Virginia McKenna — Ex-wife

College

  • Attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England

Details

  • Birth Name: Denholm Mitchell Elliott
  • Birth Place: London, England
  • Birthday: May 31, 1922, Gemini
  • Died: October 6, 1992
  • Profession: Actor
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