Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
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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.
- Birth Details
- May 31, 1922
- London, England
- Death Details
- October 6, 1992
- Ibiza, Spain
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,
Blade on the Feather, and The Stinker
Hollywood Reporter, October 7, 1992, pp. 8, 14.
New York Times, October 7, 1992.
Time, October 19, 1992, p. 25.