Denholm Elliott

Denholm Elliott

Highest Rated: 100% A Room With a View (1985)

Lowest Rated: 0% The Hound of the Baskervilles (1980)

Birthday: May 31, 1922

Birthplace: Ealing, London, England, UK

A much-loved character actor, British native Denholm Elliott performed in over 100 films during the course of his long career. Elliott, who was educated at Malvern College, went on stage just after World War II, and made his first film, Dear Mr. Prohack, in 1949. Often coming across as a sort of British Ralph Bellamy, Elliot specialized in playing pleasant but ineffectual types during the 1950s, switching to dignified and slightly stuffy characters as he grew grayer. In 1964, he made a major impression on international audiences by playing the tattered gentleman who teaches Alan Bates the tricks of social and financial climbing in Nothing but the Best -- only to be strangled by Bates with his old school tie. With tight lips and taciturn glances, Elliott was the official who closed down Elliott Gould's burlesque house in The Night They Raided Minsky's (1968). A gentler but no less authoritative role came in 1981 as Harrison Ford's immediate superior Brody in Raiders of the Lost Ark (reprising the part in 1989's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade), while in 1984 Elliott was unforgettably waspish as the dying social lion who dictates his own death notice in The Razor's Edge (the role played by Clifton Webb in the 1946 version). In 1986, he played one of his most endearing roles, that of the free-thinking Mr. Emerson in A Room with a View. In between these engagements, Elliott portrayed Dan Aykroyd's -- and then Eddie Murphy's -- refined butler in Trading Places (1983). His portrayal won him his first British Academy Award; he also earned BAFTAs for his work in A Private Function (1984) and Defence of the Realm (1985). Sadly, Elliott's still-thriving career was cut off in 1992 -- shortly after he completed the comedy Noises Off -- when he died from complications brought about by AIDS.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush Mr. Beauchamp 2000
61% Noises Off Mowbray 1992
No Score Yet One Against the Wind Father LeBlanc 1991
36% Toy Soldiers Headmaster 1991
No Score Yet Scorchers Howler 1991
No Score Yet A Murder of Quality George Smiley 1991
No Score Yet Black Candle Actor 1991
No Score Yet Killing Dad Monty Berg 1990
19% Rude Awakening Actor 1989
88% Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Marcus Brody 1989
No Score Yet Codename: Kyril Povin 1989
No Score Yet Hanna's War Actor 1988
No Score Yet The Bourne Identity Dr. Geoffrey Washburn 1988
No Score Yet Noble House Actor 1988
No Score Yet Stealing Heaven Fulbert 1988
No Score Yet A Child's Christmas in Wales Actor 1987
67% September Howard 1987
90% Maurice Dr. Barry 1987
No Score Yet Over Indulgence Actor 1987
No Score Yet Scoop Salter 1987
No Score Yet The Whoopee Boys Col. Phelps 1986
No Score Yet Hotel Du Lac Philip Neville 1986
No Score Yet Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry George Parker 1986
100% A Room With a View Emerson 1985
No Score Yet Transmutations Dr. Savary 1985
88% A Private Function Dr Charles Swaby 1985
100% Defence of the Realm (Defense of the Realm) Vernon Bayliss 1985
No Score Yet Camille Count de Nolly 1984
50% The Razor's Edge Elliott Templeton 1984
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles Dr. Mortimer 1983
No Score Yet The Wicked Lady Sir Ralph Skelton 1983
87% Trading Places Coleman 1983
100% The Missionary The Bishop 1982
No Score Yet Brimstone and Treacle Thomas Bates 1982
95% Raiders of the Lost Ark Marcus Brody 1981
No Score Yet Rude Awakening Actor 1981
0% The Hound of the Baskervilles Stapleton 1980
No Score Yet Blade on the Feather Jack Hill 1980
No Score Yet A Game for Vultures Ragian Thistle 1980
No Score Yet Rising Damp Seymour 1980
50% Bad Timing Stefan Vognic 1980
45% Cuba Skinner 1979
57% Zulu Dawn Lt. Col. Pulleine 1979
67% Saint Jack William Leigh 1979
82% Watership Down Cowslip 1978
69% The Boys from Brazil Sidney Beynon 1978
No Score Yet Sweeney 2 Jupp 1978
No Score Yet Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It English Delegate 1977
63% A Bridge Too Far RAF Meteorological Officer 1977
82% Voyage of the Damned Adm. Wilhelm Canaris 1976
No Score Yet The Signalman (Ghost Story for Christmas: The Signalman) Actor 1976
75% Robin and Marian Will Scarlett 1976
40% To The Devil A Daughter Henry Beddows 1976
No Score Yet Ruleta Rusa Commander Petapiece 1975
92% The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz Friar 1974
No Score Yet A Doll's House Krogstad 1973
No Score Yet The Vault of Horror (Tales from the Crypt, Part II) Diltant 1973
No Score Yet Madame Sin Malcolm De Vere 1972
85% The House That Dripped Blood Charles Hilyer 1971
No Score Yet Percy Emmanuel Whitbread 1971
40% Quest for Love Tom Lewis 1971
No Score Yet The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer Peter Niss 1970
57% Too Late the Hero Capt. Hornsby 1970
No Score Yet The Night They Raided Minsky's (The Night They Invented Striptease) Fowler 1968
No Score Yet The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Actor 1968
No Score Yet The Sea Gull Dorn 1968
No Score Yet Maroc 7 Inspector Barrada 1967
No Score Yet The Spy With a Cold Nose Pond-Jones 1966
96% Alfie Abortionist 1966
No Score Yet King Rat Lt. G.D. Larkin 1965
No Score Yet You Must Be Joking! Capt. Tabasco 1965
No Score Yet McGuire, Go Home! (The High Bright Sun) Actor 1965
No Score Yet Nothing But the Best Charlie Prince 1964
75% The Leather Boys Actor 1964
No Score Yet Station Six---Sahara Macey 1964
No Score Yet Scent of Mystery Oliver Larker 1960
No Score Yet Lease of Life Martin Blake 1956
No Score Yet The Man Who Loved Redheads Dennis 1955
No Score Yet They Who Dare Sgt. Corcoran 1954
No Score Yet The Cruel Sea Morell 1953
No Score Yet The Heart of the Matter Wilson 1953
77% Breaking the Sound Barrier (The Sound Barrier) Christopher Ridgefield 1952
No Score Yet The Holly and the Ivy Michael "Mick" Gregory 1952
No Score Yet Bleak House Actor 1920
No Score Yet The Lady from the Sea Actor 1911


No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Jack Lyons John Manbridge 1959
No Score Yet Hammer House of Horror
No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected
Harold Tinker


Marcus Brody says: The Bible speaks of the Ark leveling mountains and laying waste in entire regions. An Army that carries the Ark before it... is invincible.

Walter Donovan says: (Refers to Marcus Brody) He sticks out like a sore thumb! We'll find him.

Walter Donovan says: He sticks out like a sore thumb! We'll find him.

Indiana Jones says: The hell you will. He's got a two day head-start on you, which is more than he needs. Brody's got friends in every town and village from here to the Sudan. He speaks a dozen languages and knows every local custom. He'll blend in, disappear and you'll never see him again. With any luck he's got the grail already.

Marcus Brody says: (Scene cuts to Iskendrun, where Brody finds himself lost in a crowd of citizens). Uh, does anybody here speak English?

Marcus Brody says: Uh, does anybody here speak English?

Marcus Brody says: An army that carries the ark before it .... is invincible.

Marcus Brody says: An army that carries the ark before it is invincible.

Charles says: That's Dominic. He's the villain in my story. He's a strangler who's escaped an asylum for the criminally insane. He roams the country side at night searching for fresh victims laughing maniacally as he kills them.

Alice says: Sometimes I wonder where you get your ideas.

Charles says: Looking through the window. That's where I first saw him this morning, after you'd left.

Alice says: You saw him?

Charles says: Only in my mind's eye. From now on Dominic is my partner in crime. He's going to make us a lot of money.

Alice says: Well here's to Dominic.

Sallah says: What does it always mean, with this "Junior"?

Sallah says: What does it always mean, with this 'Junior'?

Dr. Henry Jones says: That's his name, "Henry Jones Junior"

Dr. Henry Jones says: That's his name, 'Henry Jones Junior'.

Indiana Jones says: I like "Indiana"

Indiana Jones says: I like 'Indiana'.

Indiana Jones says: We named the dog "Indiana"

Indiana Jones says: We named the dog 'Indiana'.

Marcus Brody says: May we go home now, please?

Sallah says: The Dog? You are named after the Dog? [He then laughs].

Sallah says: The Dog? You are named after the Dog? [he then laughs]

Indiana Jones says: Got a lot of fun memories with that dog.

Mr. Emerson says: But you have been lying to everyone... including yourself.

Mr. Emerson says: There's only one thing impossible - that's to love and to part.

Mr. Emerson says: I don't care what I see outside. My vision is within! Here is where the birds sing! Here is where the sky is blue!