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Richard Michael Mayall

(1958-03-07)7 March 1958
Died 9 June 2014(2014-06-09) (aged 56)
Barnes, London, England
Alma mater University of Manchester
Occupation Actor, comedian, writer
Years active 1980–2014
Spouse(s) Barbara Robbin (m. 1985-2014)
Children 3

Richard Michael "Rik" Mayall (7 March 1958 – 9 June 2014) was a British comedian and actor and writer of comedy. He starred in many sitcoms, including The Young Ones, Blackadder, Filthy Rich and Catflap, The New Statesman and Bottom. He also starred in the movies Drop Dead Fred (1991) and Guest House Paradiso (1999). He also won an Emmy Award in 1997 for The Willows in Winter (1995).

Mayall was born in Harlow, Essex. When he was three, he moved to Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire. He studied drama at the University of Manchester. He had a relationship with writer Lise Mayer in the early 1980s. He was married to Scottish make-up artist, Barbara Robbin from 1985 until his death. The couple had two daughters and a son together. His autobiography was published in 2005.

On 9 April 1998, Mayall was injured in a quad bike accident near his home in Devon. After waking up from a coma and having operations, he made a full recovery but was left with epilepsy.

Mayall died from a heart attack after a morning run on 9 June 2014 at his home in Barnes, London. He was 56.

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