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UPI Almanac for Monday, Jan. 6, 2014.
By United Press International

British comedian Mel Smith dies at 60 of heart attack

LONDON, July 20 (UPI) -- Mel Smith, a comedian, writer and director, has died at his home in London of a heart attack, his agent announced. Smith was 60.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013.
By United Press International
Atkinson to retire Mr. Bean character

Atkinson to retire Mr. Bean character

LONDON, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- British actor Rowan Atkinson says he plans to phase out the comedic Mr. Bean character because he feels he's too old to play the childlike role.
Lost Christmas 'Blackadder' script found

Lost Christmas 'Blackadder' script found

LONDON, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- "Blackadder" writer Richard Curtis said he abandoned a partial script for a Christmas episode of the British comedy because it might have been too offensive.
Murdoch: Opening ceremony 'too P.C.'

Murdoch: Opening ceremony 'too P.C.'

LOS ANGELES, July 28 (UPI) -- News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch said via Twitter the Summer Olympics opening ceremony in London was "a little too politically correct."

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Jan. 6, 2012.
By United Press International
'Mr. Bean' actor hurt in $1 million car crash

'Mr. Bean' actor hurt in $1 million car crash

LONDON, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- British comic actor Rowan Atkinson was hospitalized with minor injuries after crashing a McLaren F1 sports car worth $1 million, TMZ reported.
Atkinson not 'totally proud' of film work

Atkinson not 'totally proud' of film work

LONDON, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- British comedian and actor Rowan Atkinson admits he isn't very proud of most of the movies he has made.
Williams to return to the British stage

Williams to return to the British stage

LONDON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- U.S. comedian and actor Robin Williams is to join his British counterparts John Cleese and Rowan Atkinson in a charity stage show, organizers said.
Atkinson to star in musical 'Oliver!'

Atkinson to star in musical 'Oliver!'

LONDON, March 27 (UPI) -- British comedic actor Rowan Atkinson is set to play Fagin in a new West End production of the musical "Oliver!" the BBC said Thursday.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008.
By United Press International
Mr. Bean actor in U.S. fender bender

Mr. Bean actor in U.S. fender bender

ASPEN, Colo., Dec. 26 (UPI) -- British actor Rowan Atkinson was reportedly involved in a fender bender in the parking lot of an Aspen, Colo, ski resort.

'Deathly Hallows,' Radcliffe up for awards

LONDON, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Less than two weeks after hitting the bookstores in Britain, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" copped an award nomination.

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007.
By United Press International
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Rowan Atkinson
British actor Rowan Atkinson attends "The Laurence Olivier Awards" at Grosvenor Hotel in London on March 21, 2010. UPI/Rune Hellestad
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Rowan Sebastian Atkinson (born 6 January 1955) is an English comedian, actor and writer, famous for his work on the classic sitcoms such as Blackadder, The Thin Blue Line and Mr. Bean, as well as doing the voice-over for Zazu in The Lion King. He has been listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy, and amongst the top 50 comedy acts ever in a 2005 poll of fellow comedians.

Rowan Sebastian Atkinson was born on the 6 January 1955, in Consett, County Durham, England. His parents were Eric Atkinson, a farmer and company director, and his wife Ella May (née Bainbridge), who married on 29 June 1945. He has two elder brothers, Rodney Atkinson, a eurosceptic economist who narrowly lost the United Kingdom Independence Party leadership election in 2000, and Rupert Atkinson.

Atkinson was raised Anglican. He was educated at Durham Choristers School, followed by St Bees School, and studied electrical engineering at Newcastle University. He continued with an MSc at The Queen's College, Oxford, first achieving notice at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1976. At Oxford, he also acted and performed early sketches for the Oxford University Dramatic Society (OUDS), the Oxford Revue and the Experimental Theatre Club (ETC), meeting writer Richard Curtis and composer Howard Goodall, with whom he would continue to collaborate during his career.

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