Denholm Elliott - Rotten Tomatoes

Denholm Elliott

Highest Rated:   100% A Room With a View (1985)
Lowest Rated:   19% Rude Awakening (1989)
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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.

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Filmography

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RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
  • Mr. Beauchamp
2000
59% 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
64% September
  • Howard
1987
93% 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
100% 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
53% 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
86% Trading Places
  • Coleman
1983
No Score Yet The Missionary
  • The Bishop
1982
No Score Yet Brimstone and Treacle
  • Thomas Bates
1982
94% Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Marcus Brody
1981
No Score Yet Rude Awakening
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet 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
50% Cuba
  • Skinner
1979
57% Zulu Dawn
  • Lt. Col. Pulleine
1979
62% Saint Jack
  • William Leigh
1979
82% Watership Down
  • Cowslip
1978
70% 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
65% A Bridge Too Far
  • RAF Meteorological Officer
1977
89% Voyage of the Damned
  • Adm. Wilhelm Canaris
1976
No Score Yet The Signalman (Ghost Story for Christmas: The Signalman)
  • Actor
1976
76% Robin and Marian
  • Will Scarlett
1976
38% To The Devil A Daughter
  • Henry Beddows
1976
No Score Yet Ruleta Rusa
  • Commander Petapiece
1975
100% 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
78% The House That Dripped Blood
  • Charles Hilyer
1971
No Score Yet Percy
  • Emmanuel Whitbread
1971
No Score Yet Quest for Love
  • Tom Lewis
1971
No Score Yet The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer
  • Peter Niss
1970
73% 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
100% Alfie
  • Abortionist
1966
No Score Yet King Rat
  • Lt. G.D. Larkin
1965
No Score Yet McGuire, Go Home! (The High Bright Sun)
  • Actor
1965
No Score Yet Nothing But the Best
  • Charlie Prince
1964
No Score Yet 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
80% 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

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