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"I'm often given parts that aren't as big as they are colourful, but people remember them. When it's a minor or supporting role, you learn to make the most of what you're given. I can make two lines seem like Hamlet."
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Denholm Mitchell Elliott CBE (31 May 1922 – 6 October 1992) was an English character actor.

He is probably best remembered for his role as Marcus Brody in Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. He won three BAFTAs in a row for Trading Places, A Private Function and Defence of the Realm.


Filmography on TV Tropes:

    Film roles 

    Television roles 


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  • The Character Died with Him: Marcus Brody's death is acknowledged in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in the form of a commemorative statue.
  • Gentleman Snarker: A few of his characters were the image of upper-class manners but still had an exceptionally sharp wit.
  • It Will Never Catch On: By the time of his death, he was an Oscar nominee, a three time BAFTA winner, had appeared in some very successful and iconic films and had amassed a reputation as one of the great supporting players and scene stealers of British cinema and stage. Not bad for someone who was expelled from RADA after a single term and dismissed as "wasting their time and his parents' money".
  • Large Ham: Not in the BRIAN BLESSED sense, but Elliott had a talent for pulling extremely expressive faces that would draw the attention of the audience. On both the British stage and in British cinema, it was often warned of lead actors to "Never act with children, dogs, or Denholm Elliott" because of his scene stealing.
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