Celebrity Birthday of the Day – May 31

denholmelliottI always find it fascinating when I read about English actors who discovered their love of dramatics during wartime. Denholm Elliott was one such actor, as he served in the RAF during World War II and was shot down behind enemy lines. It was during his time as a prisoner of war in a camp in Silesia that Elliott discovered his passion for acting, and upon returning from the war he made his film debut in Dear Mr. Prohack in 1949. Elliott soon became a prolific actor, amassing over 150 credits over the course of his career, including Alfie, The House That Dripped Blood, A Doll’s House, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, A Bridge Too Far, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Watership Down, A Room with a View, Noises Off, and, of course, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Fun fact: he also starred in one of the only Smell-o-Vision movies, called Scent of Mystery, in which aromas like pipe tobacco or grapes were blown upon the audience. Denholm Elliott died of AIDS-related tuberculosis in 1992 at the age of 70.

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