Denholm Elliott Biography (1922-1992)

Full name, Denholm Mitchell Elliott; born May 31, 1922, in London, England; died of AIDS-related tuberculosis, October 6, 1992, in Ibiza, Spain; son of Myles Laymen and Nina (Mitchell) Elliott; married Virginia McKenna (an actress), March 1, 1954 (divorced, 1957); married Susan Robinson (an actress), c. 1962; children: Jennifer, Mark.

Nationality
English
Gender
Male
Occupation
actor
Birth Details
May 31, 1922
London, England
Death Details
October 6, 1992
Ibiza, Spain

Famous Works

  • Credits; Stage Appearances
  • (Stage debut) Arden Rencelaw, The Drunkard, Playhouse, Amersahm, England, 1945.
  • (London debut) The Guinea Pig, Criterion Theatre, 1946.
  • Jan Erik, Frenzy, St. Martin's Theatre, 1948.
  • Albin, The Green Cockatoo, Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, London, 1948.
  • Pierre Blandinet, Don't Listen, Ladies!, St. James Theatre, London, 1948.
  • Frank Shire, Horn of the Moon, Bolton's Theatre, London, 1949.
  • Title role, John Keats Lives Here, Wyndham's Theatre, London, 1949.
  • Junius, Buoyant Billions, Malvern Festival, 1949, then Prince's Theatre, London, 1949.
  • (Broadway debut) Hugo and Frederick, Ring Round the Moon, Martin Beck Theatre, c. 1950.
  • Edgar, Venus Observed, St. James Theatre, 1950.
  • Private Peter Able, A Sleep of Prisoners, St. Thomas's Church, London, 1951.
  • Julian, The Green Bay Tree, John Golden Theatre, New York City, 1951.
  • Kip Ames, Third Person, Arts Theatre, London, then Criterion Theatre, 1951- 52.
  • Giles Seabrook, A Fiddle at the Wedding, Royal Theatre, Brighton,England, 1952.
  • Colby Simpkins, The Confidential Clerk, Edinburgh Festival, Scotland, then Lyric Theatre, 1953.
  • The Delegate, Manchester, England, 1955.
  • Jan Wicziewsky, South, Arts Theatre, 1955.
  • Alex Shanklin, The Long Echo, St. James Theatre, 1956.
  • Stefan, Who Cares?, Fortune Theatre, London, 1956.
  • Kilroy, Camino Real, Phoenix Theatre, New York City, 1957.
  • Fernand, Monique, John Golden Theatre, 1957.
  • Francis X. Digman, King of Hearts, New Shakespeare Theatre, Liverpool, England, 1958.
  • Gaston, Traveler without Luggage, Arts Theatre, 1959.
  • Shem, The Ark, Westminster Theatre, London, 1959.
  • Bassanio, The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford- upon-Avon, 1960.
  • Troilus, Troilus and Cressida, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1960.
  • Valentine, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1960.
  • Honorable Clive Rodingham, Write Me a Murder, Belasco Theatre, NewYork City, 1961.
  • Jan Wicziewsky, South, Lyric Theatre, 1961.
  • Title role, Domino, Royal Theatre, Brighton, 1963.
  • Trigorin, The Seagull, Belasco Theatre, 1964.
  • Reverend John Hale, The Crucible, Belasco Theatre, 1964.
  • Chrystal, The Games as Played, New Arts Theatre, London, 1964.
  • Dr. Diaforus, The Imaginary Invalid, American National Theatre Academy (ANTA), New York City, 1967.
  • Alec Harvey, Still Life, ANTA, 1967.
  • Cornelius Melody, A Touch of the Poet, ANTA, 1967.
  • Come as You Are, New Theatre, London, then Strand Theatre, London,1970.
  • Leo, Design for Living, Los Angeles Music Centre, Los Angeles, 1971.
  • Judge Brack, Hedda Gabler, Royal Court Theatre, London, 1972.
  • Hughes Humphrey, Turn On, Royal Theatre, Windsor, England, 1973.
  • Judge Ludlow, Mad Dog, Hampstead Theatre, London, 1973.
  • Dick, Chez Nous, Globe Theatre, London, 1975.
  • Title role, The Return of A. J. Raffles, Royal Shakespeare Company(RSC), Aldwych Theatre, London, 1975.
  • Heaven and Hell, Greenwich Theatre, London, 1975.
  • Sir Wilfred Cates-Darby, The New York Idea, RSC, Brooklyn Academyof Music, New York City, 1977.
  • Three Sisters, RSC, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 1977.
  • Title role, The Father, Open Space Theatre, London, 1979.
  • Sonny, The Paranormalist, Greenwich Theatre, 1982.
  • Robert, A Life in the Theatre, Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London, 1989, then Strand Theatre, 1989-90.
  • Credits; Film Appearances
  • (Film debut) Ozzie Morfrey, Dear Mr. Prohack, General Films Distributors, 1948.
  • Christopher Ridgefield, Breaking the Sound Barrier, United Artists(UA), 1951.
  • John Lenley, The Ringer, Regent, 1952.
  • Mick Gregory, The Holly and the Ivy, Pacemaker, 1953.
  • Morrell, The Cruel Sea, General Films Distributors, 1953.
  • Wilson, Heart of the Matter, Associated Artists, 1954.
  • Sergeant Cocoran, They Who Dare, Associated Artists, 1955.
  • Denis, The Man Who Loved Redheads, UA, 1955.
  • Flight Lieutenant McKenzie, The Night My Number Came Up, Continental Distributing, 1955.
  • Martin Blake, Lease of Life, I.F.E., 1956.
  • Oliver Larker, Scent of Mystery (also known as Holiday in Spain), Michael Todd, Jr., 1960.
  • Marco Polo, American International, 1962.
  • Charlie Prince, Nothing but the Best, Royal, 1964.
  • Macey, Station Six-Sahara, Allied Artists, 1964.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Denholm Larkin, King Rat, Columbia, 1965.
  • Captain Tabasco, You Must Be Joking!, Columbia, 1965.
  • Abortionist, Alfie, Paramount, 1966.
  • Baker, The High Bright Sun (also known as McGuire, Go Home!), Continental Distributing, 1966.
  • Mr. Beauchamp, Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush, Lopart, 1968.
  • Vance Fowler, The Night They Raided Minsky's (known in Great Britain as The Night They Invented Striptease), UA, 1968.
  • Dorn, The Sea Gull, Warner Bros./Seven Arts, 1968.
  • Captain Hornsby, Too Late the Hero, Cinerama, 1970.
  • Peter Niss, The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer, Warner Bros., 1970.
  • Tom Lewis, Quest for Love, J. Arthur Rank, 1971.
  • Charles, The House That Dripped Blood (also known as Method forMurder), Cinerama, 1971.
  • Emmanuel Whitebread, Percy, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), 1971.
  • Emmanuel Whitebread, Percy's Progress (also known as It's Not the Size That Counts), MGM, 1971.
  • The Hero, Avco Embassy, 1972.
  • Diltant, Vault of Horror (also known as Drawn and Quartered), Cinerama, 1973.
  • Krogstad, A Doll's House, Paramount, 1973.
  • Friar, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Paramount, 1974.
  • Commander Petapiece, Russian Roulette, Avco Embassy, 1975.
  • Henry Beddows, To the Devil, a Daughter, EMI, 1976.
  • Admiral Canaris, Voyage of the Damned, Avco Embassy, 1976.
  • John Grey, Partners, Astral, 1976.
  • Will Scarlett, Robin and Marion, Columbia, 1976.
  • RAF Met Officer, A Bridge Too Far, UA, 1977.
  • Voice of Cowslip, Watership Down (animated), Avco Embassy, 1978.
  • Jupp, Sweeney 2, EMI, 1978.
  • Sidney Beynon, The Boys from Brazil, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1978.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Pulleine, Zulu Dawn, Warner Bros., 1979.
  • Raglan Thistle, A Game for Vultures, New Line Cinema, 1979.
  • Skinner, Cuba, UA, 1979.
  • William Leigh, St. Jack, New World, 1979.
  • Stefan Vognic, Bad Timing/A Sensual Obsession, World Northal, 1980.
  • Seymour, Rising Damp, ITC, 1980.
  • Marcus Brody, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Paramount, 1981.
  • Parker, Sunday Lovers, UA, 1981.
  • Thomas Bates, Brimstone and Treacle, Namara Films, 1982.
  • The Bishop of London, The Missionary, Columbia, 1982.
  • Sir Ralph Skelton, The Wicked Lady, MGM/UA, 1983.
  • Dr. Mortimer, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Weintraub, 1983.
  • Coleman, Trading Places, Paramount, 1983.
  • Dr. Swaby, A Private Function, Island Alive, 1984.
  • Elliott Templeton, The Razor's Edge, Columbia, 1984.
  • Dr. Savary, Underworld, Limehouse Pictures-Green Man, 1985.
  • Vernon Bayliss, Defence of the Realm, J. Arthur Rank/Warner Bros.,1985.
  • Mr. Emerson, A Room with a View, Cinecom, 1986.
  • Colonel Hugh Phelps, Whoopee Boys, Paramount, 1986.
  • Howard, September, Orion, 1987.
  • Dr. Barry, Maurice, Cinecom, 1987.
  • Canon Fulbert, Stealing Heaven, Film Dallas, 1988.
  • Marcus Brody, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Paramount, 1989.
  • Headmaster, Toy Soldiers, TriStar, 1991.
  • Selsdon Mowbray and the burglar, Noises Off, Buena Vista, 1992.
  • Also appeared as Mike, La Petite Fille en velours bleu, 1978; as Victor, Past Caring, 1985; as Sir Henry Broughton, The Happy Valley, 1986; as Colonel Grayson, Return to the River Kwai, 1989; as Nathy Berg, Killing Dad, 1989; and as Scorchers, Howler, 1991. Alsoappeared in Illusions, 1983; and Over Indulgence, 1988.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Episodic
  • "One Pair of Hands," Studio One, CBS, 1951.
  • "The Lark," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1957.
  • "A Tale of Two Cities," DuPont Show of the Month, CBS, 1958.
  • "Wuthering Heights," DuPont Show of the Month, CBS, 1958.
  • "The Crocodile Case," Alfred Hitchcock Presents, CBS, 1958.
  • "The Winslow Boy," DuPont Show of the Month, CBS, 1958.
  • "Relative Value," Alfred Hitchcock Presents, CBS, 1959.
  • "Vanity Fair," Family Classics, CBS, 1961.
  • "The Invincible Mr. Disraeli," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1963.
  • "The Holy Terror," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1965.
  • "The Hunting Party," Secret Agent, CBS, 1966.
  • "Man Running," Coronet Blue, CBS, 1967.
  • "A Death in the Family," The Persuaders, ABC, 1972.
  • "Crazy Kill," Wide World of Mystery, ABC, 1975.
  • "The Wild Duck," Classic Theater, PBS, 1975.
  • "Under the Garden," Shades of Green, PBS, 1977.
  • John Jarndyce, "Bleak House," Masterpiece Theater, PBS, 1985.
  • "The Coffin," Ray Bradbury Theater, USA, 1988.
  • Salter, "Scoop," Masterpiece Theater, PBS, 1990.
  • George Smiley, "A Murder of Quality," Masterpiece Theater, PBS, 1991.
  • Also appeared in "Dracula," Tales of Mystery and Imagination, 1976.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Movies
  • Malcolm, Madame Sin, ABC, 1972.
  • Blade of the Feather, PBS, 1984.
  • Hotel DuLac, Arts & Entertainment, 1988.
  • Colonel-General Stepan, Codename: Kyril, Showtime, 1988.
  • Allistair Struan, James Clavell's Noble House, NBC, 1988.
  • Dr. Washburn, The Bourne Identity, ABC, 1988.
  • James, The Love She Sought (also known as Last Chance for Romance and A Green Journey), NBC, 1990.
  • Hal Stanton, Bangkok Hilton, TBS, 1990.
  • Also appeared as Count de Nolly in Camille, 1984; and George Parker in Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry, 1986.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Mini-series
  • Niccolo Polo, Marco Polo, NBC, 1982.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Specials
  • The Moon and Sixpence, CBS, 1959.
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, ABC, 1968.
  • Old Geraint, Christmas Past in a Small Town (also known as A Child's Christmas in Wales and Dylan Thomas' "A Child's Christmas in Wales"), PBS, 1987.
  • Credits; Other Television Appearances
  • Also appeared in Gentle Folk, In Hiding, Blade on the Feather, and The Stinker

Further Reference

Periodicals

  • Hollywood Reporter, October 7, 1992, pp. 8, 14.
  • New York Times, October 7, 1992.
  • Time, October 19, 1992, p. 25.

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