Rik Mayall

Rik Mayall
Date of Birth:
Mar 7, 1958
Barbara Robbin (m. 1985; His Death 2014)
Years active:
Alternative Comedy, Subversive Comedy, Physical Comedy
Known for:
The Young Ones</li> <li>The Comic Strip Presents...</li> <li>Blackadder</li> <li>Filthy Rich & Catflap</li> <li>The New Statesman</li> <li>Bottom
Primetime Emmy Award For Outstanding Voice-Over Performance,1997 The Willows In Winter
Jun 9, 2014

Rik Mayall - Biography Summary

Richard Michael Mayall (7 March 1958 – 9 June 2014) was an English comedian, actor and writer. Mayall formed a close partnership with Ade Edmondson while they were students at Manchester University, and became a pioneer of alternative comedy in the 1980s.

Mayall starred in numerous cult classic sitcoms throughout his career, including The Young Ones, The Comic Strip Presents..., Blackadder, Filthy Rich & Catflap, The New Statesman, and Bottom. Mayall also starred in the comedy films Drop Dead Fred and Guest House Paradiso, and won a Primetime Emmy Award for his voice-over work in The Willows in Winter. His comedic style was described as energetic "post-punk".

Mayall died suddenly on 9 June 2014 at the age of 56. BBC Television director Danny Cohen praised him as a "truly brilliant" comedian with a unique stage presence, whose "fireball creativity" and approach to sitcom had inspired a generation of comedy stars.

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