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Rik Mayall
Original name: Richard Michael Mayall
Birth: Mar. 7, 1958
Harlow
Harlow District
Essex, England
Death: Jun. 9, 2014
Barnes
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
Greater London, England

Actor. Born Richard Michael Mayall, the second of John and Gillian Mayall's four children, in Matching Tye, near Harlow, England. He started performing early, appearing in productions staged by his drama teacher parents. He attended the University of Manchester where he met his future comedic partner, Adrian Edmondson. He performed as a stand up comic where he honed such characters as a pompous anarchist poet, who would later be translated into the character Rik in the cult television series, The Young Ones, which ran from 1982 to 1984. In 1985, appeared in the popular comedy series Blackadder (1983) as Mad Gerald. He returned to play the larger than life Lord Flashheart in the Blackadder II (1986) and Squadron Commander Flashheart, in Blackadder Goes Forth (1989). He starred in The New Statesman from 1987 to 1992; his role as Alan B'Stard earned him a BAFTA. In 1991, he starred in the feature film, Drop Dead Fred. He then returned to British TV with Bottom which ran from 1991 to 1995. In April 1998, he was seriously injured after crashing a quad runner. He was in a coma for several days with a fractured skull. He appeared in the television series Jonathan Creek later that year. In 2000, he took a voice acting job for the PlayStation and Windows PC video game Hogs of War. He was initially cast as the poltergeist Peeves in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001), but the character was ultimately cut from the film. In the 2005 poll the Comedians' Comedian, he was voted among the top 50 comedy performers of all time. He reprised the role of Alan B'Stard in 2006 in the play The New Statesman 2006: Blair B'stard Project. In 2008, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Exeter. Over the next few years he did a great deal of voice work as well as two television series; Damo and Ivor and Man Down in 2013. He placed 91st in a "Top 100 Stand-Up Comedians" poll. He died suddenly at the age of 56. (bio by: Iola) 
 
Burial:
Non-Cemetery Burial
Specifically: Buried on Family Farm, East Allington, Totnes, Devon
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Iola
Record added: Jun 09, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 131116437
Rik Mayall
Added by: Hilts
 
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I've left you a nice pansy. You were rude and wonderful and still are the best .. you're sadly missed and we'll always miss you and your bottom. X
- lefty alex
 Added: Sep. 15, 2017
I grew up waching most of your comedy anticts especially bottom and the young ones ,b,stard,and even now myson loves waching the repeats,your sadly missed and still as funny now as when you were with us,you went far too soon you had so much more to offer ...(Read more)
- phil.alex sutton
 Added: Aug. 4, 2017
Love you forever
- JillyA
 Added: Jul. 27, 2017
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