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Rik Mayall, Star of ‘The Young Ones,’ Dead at 56

9 June 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rik Mayall, the beloved British comedian, writer and actor, has died at the age of 56, according to a statement from his management, Brunskill.

“We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Rik Mayall who passed away this morning,” Brunskill said in a statement acquired by the BBC. “We will be issuing a further statement in the fullness of time.”

Mayall was the co-creator and star of cult U.K. comedies “The Young Ones” and “Bottom,” which he appeared in alongside his comedy partner Adrian Edmondson. He also headlined British political satire “The New Statesman” and was a member of the comedy troupe The Comic Strip, with Edmondson and other notable British comedians such as Dawn French, Nigel Planer, Peter Richardson, Jennifer Saunders and Alexei Sayle.

Mayall and Edmondson’s double act, “The Dangerous Brothers” was featured on “Saturday Live,” the UK version of “Saturday Night Live,” which helped launch »

- Variety Staff

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The Young Ones' Star Rik Mayall Dies At 56

8 June 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Rik Mayall, best known for starring in British cult comedy The Young Ones, was pronounced dead at his London home Monday morning. He was 56.

Rik Mayall Dead At 56

Mayall’s death was confirmed by his management firm Brunskill Management. The cause of death has yet to be revealed. His death is not thought to be suspicious, reported Entertainment Weekly.

During the 80s, Mayall played anarchist poet Rick on The Young Ones, in which he costarred with his longtime pal Adrian Edmondson. In 1991, Mayall and Edmondson teamed up again for sitcom Bottom. In Bottom, the actors played friends who live off the government, and find ways to entertain themselves instead of working.

Mayall’s other TV projects included The New Stateman, Watership Down, Tales of Uplift and Moral Improvement, Shoe Box Zoo, King Arthur’s Disasters and a number of others.

On the big screen, Mayall appeared in Drop Dead Fred as the titular character. »

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Stephen Mangan interview: Postman Pat, Statham, Dirk Gently

19 May 2014 8:10 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The new Postman Pat, Stephen Mangan, chats to us about the film, about children's telly, and on a darker sequel...


The new Postman Pat (as heard in Postman Pat: The Movie, due in cinemas this Friday) has two voices. When he's singing, he magically switched to Ronan Keating. When he's not? He's Stephen Mangan. And the day after the film's premiere, we had a chat with the man himself...

You're Postman Pat.

I know! Can you believe it?

It's a surreal thing to have that claim. There are fewer Postman Pats in the world than there are James Bonds.

That's true, I hadn't thought of that. You make a very good point!

Ken Barrie was the original Postman Pat of course.

That's right.

A friend of mine met him outside a pub once, and in everyday conversation he sounded nothing like him. But in a second, he switched that famous voice on. »

- sarahd

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