Rik Mayall(1958-2014), Comic actor and writer
Richard Michael ('Rik') Mayall
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One of the first stars of the new wave of alternative comedy in the 1980s. Early appearances with Adrian Edmondson at the Comedy Store included extreme slapstick comedy stunts, such as setting fire to each other. Mayall broke into television in A Kick up the Eighties, soon followed by The Young Ones (1982-85), which he co-wrote with Ben Elton and Lise Mayer, with additional material by Alexei Sayle. Other television appearances included Blackadder, The New Statesman, Filthy, Rich and Catflap and Bottom. Film roles have included Drop Dead Fred (1991) and Johnny English Reborn (2011)
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