Scroll to watch ten classic clips
The star of The Young Ones made a name for himself after appearing in TV comedies such as Blackadder, The New Statesman and Bottom. He was also known for his long-time professional partnership with Ade Edmondson.
David Walliams was one of the first to pay tribute to Mayall at the time. "I am heartbroken that my comedy idol growing up Rik Mayall has died," he wrote on Twitter, before sharing a clip of the actor as Lord Flashheart (see below).
Rik Mayall's best characters
Rik Mayall's best characters
1/9 Rik Mayall's best characters
As Richie (seen here with Adrian Edmondson) in TV series 'Bottom'
2/9 Rik Mayall's best characters
As Tory turned New Labour MP Alan B'stard in 2006
3/9 Rik Mayall's best characters
Woof! Rik Mayall makes his grand entrance as Edmund's best man Lord Flashheart in Blackadder
BBC Comedy Greats
4/9 Rik Mayall's best characters
As Drop Dead Fred in 1991
5/9 Rik Mayall's best characters
As Rick in 'The Young Ones'
6/9 Rik Mayall's best characters
As Kevin Turkey in 'A Kick Up the Eighties', 1981
7/9 Rik Mayall's best characters
Reverend Dampier in 'The Canterville Ghost', 1997
8/9 Rik Mayall's best characters
As Robin Hood in 'Blackadder Back & Forth'
9/9 Rik Mayall's best characters
As himself in 'Rik Mayall Presents', 1993
As the comedy industry remembers one of their most-loved actors one year on from his untimely death, we take a look back at some of Mayall's funniest moments:
1) Woof! Mayall’s grand entrance as Edmund’s best man Lord Flashheart in 1989’s Blackadder Goes Forth is one of the all-time best...
2) ... while the Flying Corps hero's flying visit to regale George and Baldrick with tales of derring-do in the dugout still steals laughs years on.
3) Mayall starred as the pompous wannabe anarchist Rick in hit Eighties sitcom The Young Ones. Here he is reciting his 'memorable' poem in ode to Cliff Richard from the very first episode, 'Demolition'.
4) More from The Young Ones next. Many fans will remember the University Challenge scene in which Rick appears as 'Prick' and Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie , Ben Elton and Emma Thompson also star.
5) Mayall's hilarious response to a fan requesting an autograph in June 2008 has to be one of the best take-downs ever.
6) Some of Mayall's best quotes came as fictional MP Alan B'stard in satirical sitcomThe New Statesman: "You know the really great thing about a fudged Coalition is that neither of us need to carry out a single promise of our election manifestos!"
7) Mayall starred as Richard 'Richie' Richard in Bottom, the slapstick comedy he created with Edmondson in the early Nineties. Here he is realising he is "different from the other people".
8) His latest role as Dad in last year's Man Down sees Mayall enter into a mammoth ball game with ridiculous and disastrous consequences. Poor Mr Mimples...
9) Mayall starred in the title role as a young girl's mischievous imaginary friend in 1991 cult fantasy film Drop Dead Fred. Here is one of the movie's more famous scenes:
10) Just in case you haven't had your fill, here's an entertaining montage of 15 more great Rik Mayall moments:
(This article was originally published on 9 June 2014)Reuse content