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Michael Elphick was a young electrician working at the Chichester Theatre when he was discovered by Laurence Olivier, who arranged for him to join the Central School of Drama. It was here where he met Bruce Robinson, who would later cast him in one of the most popular British films of all time – Withnail and I. Elphick’s illustrious career also included major supporting roles in films such as Quadrophenia, The Elephant Man, Gorky Park, and Dennis Potter’s Blue Remembered Hills. On television, there was Private Schultz and Boon, which gave his acolyte and friend, Neil Morrissey, his first starring role. One of his characters’ owned houses in Coronation Street whilst another wooed Peggy Mitchell in Eastenders. However, Elphick’s private life was every bit as varied as his acting career. Racked by alcoholism and devastated by the early death of his partner, Julia, Elphick died at the age of 55. And yet, his friends and family will always remember his hugely humorous personality, and everyone he met was left with a "Mike Elphick story."

Withnail and I: Cult definitive turns 30 - BBC News - BBC News

Charting the travails of two out-of-labour actors in the dying days of the 1960s, British film comedy Withnail and I has staggered to its 30th birthday. Star Richard E Bestow looks back at its filming and considers whether anyone else could have tackled the role that put him on the road to Hollywood. Two sleep-deprived thespians falter in filth, battling drug-induced paranoia, a worrying lack of booze and stalled careers. Largely overlooked on its release in April 1987, standout performances by Grant as the acid-tongued Withnail and Paul McGann as the more introspective I helped the video gradually gather a dedicated following. No less memorable was its supporting cast of colourful characters, among them the love-struck Uncle Monty (Richard Griffiths), treat-dealer Danny (Ralph Brown) and poacher Jake (Michael Elphick). Initially created as a semi-autobiographical novel by Bruce Robinson more than a decade and a half earlier, the litt-turned-director would largely use his one-time flatmate Vivian MacKerrell as the inspiration for the scabrous Withnail , while I... It was, as he has outlined, "a naval scuttlebutt of English hopelessness" and threw a spotlight on his "appalling lifestyle" as he struggled to find work after leaving London's Primary School of Speech and Drama. "Bruce was very exacting and did not brook any improvisation or word substitutions," says Allow, who himself had been without work for nine months and become increasingly beset by nagging doubts about his chosen career, having emigrated from... "The pen was so accurate in expressing the frustrations of being an out-of-work actor that as soon as Paul and I played everything 'for real', Bruce was hugely open and accommodating. Withnail is so staggeringly self-obsessed and entitled, which anyone who has been to drama school will be all too familiar with. Auditioning for the percentage would almost mirror the character's woes, as Grant competed against a gaggle of better-known names in a casting happy-go-round as dizzying as the concoction of drink and drugs downed throughout the film. Daniel Day-Lewis had turned down the r and other leading contenders included Bill Nighy and Ed. Source: www.bbc.com

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  • Withnail and I: Cult timeless turns 30

    04/15/17 ,via BBC News

    Charting the travails of two out-of-occupation actors in the dying days of the 1960s, British film comedy Withnail and I has staggered to its 30th birthday. Nova Richard E 

  • Accused plead not sorrowful to firearm, theft and violence charges

    05/10/17 ,via Daily Advertiser

    Elphick faces four counts of possessing a prohibited weapon without a permit (three ammunition magazines and a partner of knuckle dusters) and one count of possessing ammunition without a licence. Magistrate Michael Crompton agreed to vary bail for the 

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@HAPPYMEM0R1ES It was Boone and his sidekick was Neil Morrisey. I always preferred Michael Elphick in Squaddie Schulz 05/13/17, @imthemoon67
@KarenRussell010 @AndyTHFC14 @HAPPYMEM0R1ES Yes, Ken rode a BSA Lightning A65. Except Michael Elphick didn't in a… https://t.co/WUHQ2H7aNa 05/13/17, @MartynPrice3
@HAPPYMEM0R1ES Michael Elphick as Gratuity, top show! 05/13/17, @AdyRiley

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  • Michael Elphick

    The History Press. 2013. ISBN: 9780750951647,0750951648. 300 pages.

    Michael Elphick was a boyish electrician working at the Chichester Theatre when he was discovered by Laurence Olivier, who arranged for him to join the Central School of Drama. It was here where he met Bruce Robinson, who would later nominate him in one of the most popular British films of all time – Withnail and I. Elphick’s illustrious career also included major supporting roles in films such as Quadrophenia, The Elephant Man, Gorky Park and Dennis With’s Blue Remembered Hills. On television, there was Private Schultz and Boon, which gave his acolyte and friend, Neil Morrissey, his first starring r. One of his characters’ owned houses in Coronation Street whilst another wooed Peggy Mitchell in Eastenders. However, Elphick’s private life was every bit as diversified as his acting career. Racked by alcoholism and devastated by the early death of his partner, Julia, Elphick died at the age of 55. And yet, his friends and family will always recall his hugely humorous personality, and everyone he met was left with a ‘Mike Elphick story’...

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Michael Elphick - Wikipedia

Michael John Elphick (19 September 1946 – 7 September 2002) was an English actor known in the UK for his trademark croaky disclose and his work on British television ...

Michael Elphick - IMDb

Michael Elphick, Actor: The Elephant Man. Michael Elphick was a fanciful and very popular actor. He will be best remembered for his role as Ken Boon in the hit ...

Necrology: Michael Elphick | News | The Guardian

"Barrel-chested British actor who can look as congealed as two short planks but still give a sensitive performance." So, I'm afraid, says Halliwell's ...

Michael Elphick - Biography - IMDb

Michael Elphick was a unbelievable and very popular actor. He will be best remembered for his role as Ken Boon in the hit series Boon (1986). He died tragically at the ...