Rik Mayall

Active - 1981 - 2012  |   Born - Mar 7, 1958 in Harlow, Essex, England  |   Died - Jun 9, 2014 in London, England  |   Genres - Comedy, Children's/Family

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Comedian-actor, onscreen from the '80s. He starred in the British TV comedy The Young Ones, guest-starred on Black Adder and played the title character in the 1991 cult-film Drop Dead Fred. Mayall died in 2014 at age 56.

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  • His parents were both drama teachers.
  • Met future comedy partner Ade Edmondson at college.
  • Performed at the Reading Festival in England with his spoof rock band Bad News in 1987.
  • Nominated for Best TV Comedy Actor at the British Comedy Awards in 1993 for his role in Bottom and Rik Mayall Presents.
  • Auditioned for several roles in The Lion King in 1994.
  • Was in a serious quad bike accident in 1998 and was in a coma for several days.
  • Played Peeves the Poltergeist in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone but was cut out during editing.
  • In 2005, he was voted by other comedians as being in the top 50 comedy performers of all time.
  • Awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Exeter in 2008.