Denholm Elliott

One of the most accomplished character actors of the 20th century, Denholm Elliott was an award-winning performer who embodied the extraordinary lives of ordinary men in films ranging from "Nothing But the Best" (1964) ... Read more »
Born: 05/31/1922 in London, England, GB


Actor (90)

Noises Off 1992 (Movie)

Selsdon Mowbray (Actor)

Bangkok Hilton 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


Scoop 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


Scorchers 1991 (Movie)

Howler (Actor)

Toy Soldiers 1991 (Movie)

Headmaster (Actor)

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989 (Movie)

Marcus Brody (Actor)

Killing Dad 1989 (Movie)

Nathy Berg (Actor)

Return to the River Kwai 1989 (Movie)

Colonel Grayson (Actor)

Stealing Heaven 1989 (Movie)

Canon Fulbert (Actor)

Blade on the Feather 1988 (Movie)


The Bourne Identity 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


Maurice 1987 (Movie)

Dr Barry (Actor)

September 1987 (Movie)

Howard (Actor)

A Room With A View 1986 (Movie)

Mr Emerson (Actor)

Bleak House 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)


Defence of the Realm 1986 (Movie)

Vernon Bayliss (Actor)

The Whoopee Boys 1986 (Movie)

Colonel Hugh Phelps (Actor)

Transmutations 1986 (Movie)

Dr Savary (Actor)

Camille 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)


The Happy Valley 1985 (Movie)

Sir Henry Broughton (Actor)

Past Caring 1984 (Movie)

Victor (Actor)

The Razor's Edge 1984 (Movie)

Elliott Templeton (Actor)

A Private Function 1983 (Movie)

Doctor Swaby (Actor)

Trading Places 1983 (Movie)

Coleman (Actor)

Marco Polo 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)


The Hound of the Baskervilles 1982 (Movie)

Dr Mortimer (Actor)

The Wicked Lady 1982 (Movie)

Sir Ralph Skelton (Actor)

Brimstone and Treacle 1981 (Movie)

Tom Bates (Actor)

Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 (Movie)

Marcus Brody (Actor)

Sunday Lovers 1981 (Movie)

Parker (Actor)

The Missionary 1980 (Movie)

Bishop of London (Actor)

Bad Timing 1979 (Movie)

Stefan Vognic (Actor)

Cuba 1979 (Movie)

Skinner (Actor)

Rising Damp 1979 (Movie)

Seymour (Actor)

Saint Jack 1979 (Movie)

William Leigh (Actor)

Zulu Dawn 1979 (Movie)

Colonel Pulleine (Actor)

Game For Vultures 1978 (Movie)

Raglan Thistle (Actor)

It's Not the Size That Counts 1978 (Movie)

Emmanuel Whitebread (Actor)

Shooting the Chandelier 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)


Sweeney 2 1978 (Movie)

Jupp (Actor)

The Boys From Brazil 1978 (Movie)

Sidney Beynon (Actor)

Watership Down 1978 (Movie)

Cowslip (Voice)

La Petite fille en velours bleu 1977 (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

The Hound of the Baskervilles 1977 (Movie)

Stapleton (Actor)

Robin and Marian 1976 (Movie)

Will Scarlett (Actor)

Voyage of the Damned 1976 (Movie)

Admiral Canaris--Head of German Counter-Intelligence (Actor)

Partners 1975 (Movie)

John Grey (Actor)

Russian Roulette 1975 (Movie)

Commander Petapiece (Actor)

To the Devil, a Daughter 1975 (Movie)

Henry Beddows (Actor)

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz 1973 (Movie)

Friar (Actor)

A Doll's House 1972 (Movie)

Krogstad (Actor)

The Vault of Horror 1972 (Movie)

Diltant (Actor)

The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer 1970 (Movie)

Peter Niss (Actor)

Too Late the Hero 1970 (Movie)

Captain Hornsby (Actor)

Percy 1969 (Movie)

Emmanuel Whitbread (Actor)

The House That Dripped Blood 1969 (Movie)

Charles (Actor)

Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush 1968 (Movie)

Mr Beauchamp (Actor)

The Night They Raided Minsky's 1968 (Movie)

Vance Fowler (Actor)

The Sea Gull 1968 (Movie)

Dorn (Actor)

Maroc 7 1966 (Movie)

Inspector Barrada (Actor)

Alfie 1965 (Movie)

Mr Smith (Actor)

King Rat 1965 (Movie)

Lieutenant Colonel Denholm Larkin (Actor)

The Spy With a Cold Nose 1965 (Movie)

Pond-Jones (Actor)

Nothing But the Best 1964 (Movie)

Charlie Prince (Actor)

The High Bright Sun 1964 (Movie)

Baker (Actor)

Station Six Sahara 1961 (Movie)


Scent of Mystery 1959 (Movie)

Oliver Larker (Actor)

A Tale of Two Cities 1957 - 1958 (TV Show)


The Lark 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)


The Man Who Loved Redheads 1955 (Movie)

Denis (Actor)

The Night My Number Came Up 1954 (Movie)

Flight Lieutenant McKenzie (Actor)

They Who Dare 1954 (Movie)

Sergeant Corcoran (Actor)

Lease of Life 1953 (Movie)

Martin Blake (Actor)

The Heart of the Matter 1953 (Movie)

Wilson (Actor)

A Murder of Quality (TV Show)


Codename: Kyril (TV Show)


Hotel du Lac (TV Show)


James Clavell's Noble House (TV Show)


Madame Sin (TV Show)


Marco Polo (TV Show)


One Against the Wind (TV Show)


The Cruel Sea (Movie)

Sub-Lt. Morell (Actor)

The Fear Is Spreading (TV Show)


The Holy Terror (TV Show)


The Invincible Mr. Disraeli (TV Show)


The Love She Sought (TV Show)


The Moon and Sixpence (TV Show)



One of the most accomplished character actors of the 20th century, Denholm Elliott was an award-winning performer who embodied the extraordinary lives of ordinary men in films ranging from "Nothing But the Best" (1964) and "The Doll House" (1973) to "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981), "Trading Places" (1983) and "Room with a View" (1985), which earned him an Oscar nomination. Elliott's stock in trade was his enormous capacity to strike an emotional chord within his characters, which tended towards officious professionals or outsiders contending with past regrets. He rose to fame in the early 1960s as a wayward aristocrat in "Nothing but the Best" and soon established himself as a versatile character actor on television and in numerous films. Elliott reached his apex in the early 1980s with a string of high-profile hits including "Raiders," "Trading Places" and "Room" before he was diagnosed with the HIV virus in 1987. He would spend the remaining years of his life active in features and TV before his death in 1992, which brought to a close a remarkable and well-respected career.


Myles Layman Elliott


Nina Elliott


Jennifer Elliott

mother, Virginia McKenna

Mark Elliott

mother, Virginia McKenna

Virginia McKenna Actor


Susan Robinson

Married 1962 until his death 1992


Malvern College

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England 1939
studying when war broke out



Final feature film, "Noises Off"


Received an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor for "A Room With a View"


Broadway debut, "The Green Bay Tree"


Film debut, "Dear Mr. Prohack"


London debut, "The Guinea Pig"


Stage acting debut in "The Drunkard" in Amersham, Bucks., England

Joined RAF bomber command during WWII; was captured in action and held as POW in Germany (1942-45)

Bonus Trivia


Named Commander of the British Empire.