British actor and comedian’s other work included “Drop Dead Fred”
Rik Mayall, who played would-be anarchist Rick on the 1980s British sitcom “The Young Ones,” died Monday, according to media reports. He was 56.
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Mayall, whose other television roles included “Blackadder,” “The New Statesman” and “Bottom,” was married with three children.
Mayall’s management team has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.
On the big screen, Mayall starred opposite Phoebe Cates in the 1991 comedy “Drop Dead Fred,” as well as “Guest House Paradiso.”
“The Young Ones” featured Mayall and his comedy partner Adrian “Ade” Edmondson, in a story about four undergraduate students who shared a house. Edmondson played violent punk Vyvyan, while Nigel Planer played hippie Neil and Christopher Ryan played suave-but-shady Mike. After airing on BBC2, the series gained popularity in the United States when it aired as one of MTV’s early examples of non-music programming.