Rik Mayall Biography – Rik Mayall was an English comedian, actor and writer known for playing over-the-top, humorously unlikable characters.
|Name:||Richard Michael Mayall|
|Date of Birth:||7 March 1958|
|Net Worth:||$3 million|
Rik Mayall Biography
Richard Michael Mayall was born on 7 March 1958 at 98 Pittmans Field in Harlow, Essex to Gillian (née Harrild; 1930–2018) and John Mayall (1925–2011).
When Mayall was three years old, he and his parents—who taught drama—moved to Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire, where he spent the rest of his childhood and performed in his parents’ plays.
He attended King’s School, Worcester, where he obtained a free scholarship and failed most of his O-levels and scraped through A-levels. In 1975, Mayall went to the University of Manchester to study drama.
He has claimed that he failed his degree, or that he did not even turn up to his finals but in reality he graduated with lower second-class honours in 1978. He met his future comedy partner Ade Edmondson, Ben Elton, a fellow student, and Lise Mayer, with whom he later co-wrote The Young Ones.
Mayall formed a close partnership with Ade Edmondson while they were students at Manchester University, and was a pioneer of alternative comedy in the 1980s.
Rik Mayall Age
He was 56 years old.
Rik Mayall Nationality
He is an English
Rik Mayall Parents
Mayall was the second child of John Mayall and Gillian (née Harrild) Mayall, who both worked as drama teachers.
Rik Mayall Siblings
He had an older brother, Anthony, and two younger sisters, Libby and Kate.
Rik Mayall Career
Mayall’s final TV appearance was in the first episode of the second series of Crackanory, which was broadcast posthumously on 24 September 2014 on Dave.
On 7 May 2014, Mayall made one of his last recorded performances in the form of poetry and voice-overs read on English rock band Magic Eight Ball’s second album ‘Last Of The Old Romantics’ (released on 10 November 2014).
Mayall continued to work on The Comic Strip films. He returned to stand-up comedy, performing on Saturday Live—a British version of the American Saturday Night Live—first broadcast in 1985. He and Edmondson had a regular section as “The Dangerous Brothers”, their earlier stage act. In 1985, Mayall debuted another comic creation.
On 23 August 2012, the BBC announced that Edmondson and Mayall’s characters of Richie and Eddie would be returning in 2013 in Hooligan’s Island, a television adaptation of their 1997 tour of the same name. However, on 15 October 2012, Edmondson announced during an interview with BBC radio presenter Mark Powlett that the project was cancelled prior to production as he wished to pursue other interests.
On 5 March 2011, Mayall appeared on Let’s Dance for Comic Relief in which he came on stage and attacked Ade Edmondson with a frying pan during his performance of The Dying Swan ballet. Edmondson mentioned backstage that it was the first time in eight years they had done something like that together and claimed Mayall had left his head with a small bump. It would be the last time the duo performed together in public.
In April 2011, Mayall again revived the character of Alan B’Stard to make an appearance in a satirical television advertisement for the No2AV campaign prior to the 2011 voting reform referendum in the UK. The character is shown being elected under the alternative vote system, then using his newly gained position of power to renege on his campaign promises
In April 2010, Motivation Records released Mayall’s England Football anthem “Noble England” for the 2010 FIFA World Cup which he recorded with producer Dave Loughran at Brick Lane Studios in London. The release, on 26 April, was designed to coincide with St George’s Day and the baptism of Shakespeare.
In 1991, Edmondson and Mayall co-starred in the West End production of Beckett’s Waiting for Godot at the Queen’s Theatre, with Mayall playing Vladimir, Edmondson as Estragon and Christopher Ryan as Lucky.
Rik Mayall Wife
Mayall married Scottish make-up artist Barbara Robbin in 1985.
Rik Mayall Children
The couple had three children
Rik Mayall Cause of Death
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 sitcoms had inspired a generation of comedy stars.
On 9 June 2014, Mayall died at his home in Barnes, Richmond-upon-Thames, London, from a sudden heart attack after jogging. He was 56 years old.
Rik Mayall Net Worth
Rik Mayall has an estimated net worth of £1.2 million.