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Denholm Elliott Biography

Birth Name:
Denholm Mitchell Elliott
Birth Place:
London, England
Profession
Actor

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
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  • 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

  • 1987BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1986BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 1986Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1985BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 1984BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 1982BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Artist: nominated
  • 1980BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 1974BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actor: nominated

Relationships

  • Jennifer Elliott -- Daughter
  • Myles Layman Elliott -- Father
  • Nina Mitchell -- Mother
  • Mark Elliott -- Son
  • Susan Robinson -- Wife