Denholm Elliott

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Denholm Mitchell Elliott
  • Birth Place: London, England
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 05/31/1922, Gemini
  • Date of Death: 10/06/1992
  • Profession: Actor
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Denholm Elliott 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.
  • Denholm Elliott Relationships:
  • Nina Mitchell - Mother
  • Myles Layman Elliott - Father
  • Jennifer Elliott - Daughter
  • Mark Elliott - Son
  • Virginia McKenna - Ex-wife
  • Susan Robinson - Wife
  • Denholm Elliott Awards:
  • 1986 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee
  • 1983 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Supporting Actor - Winner
  • 1979 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Supporting Actor - Nominee
  • 1986 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee
  • 1984 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Supporting Actor - Winner
  • 1985 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Winner
  • 1981 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Supporting Artist - Nominee
  • 1973 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Supporting Actor - Nominee
  • College:
  • Attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England

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