If Rowan Atkinson is remembered for only one thing, it would be The Black Adder, the television show that covered four seasons, each in a different time period and each simultaneously hilarious and vicious.
(And if you watch the clip, yes, that’s Dr. House at one minute in.)
The BBC series from the 1980s showcased the brazen wit and brash tongue of this comedy genius. Each series ended with the death of the main character and each new series started with a different part of history.
Some the Blackadders best lines
“They do say, Mrs M, that verbal insults hurt more than physical pain. They are, of course, wrong, as you will soon discover when I stick this toasting fork into your head.”
“The path of my life is strewn with cowpats from the devil’s own satanic herd.”
“I’m sorry I’m late.”
“No, don’t bother apologising. I’m sorry you’re alive.”
“I don’t take kindly to insults.”
“Funny, with a face like yours, I’d have thought you’d be used to it by now.”
“I think I’ll write my tombstone – ‘Here lies Edmund Blackadder, and he’s bloody annoyed’.”
“You find yourself amusing, Blackadder.”
“I try not to fly in the face of public opinion.”
Following Blackadder, Rowan Atkinson created the character of Mr. Bean, a man-child in a slap-stick world of his own making. It’s interesting that after years of playing the viciously eloquent Blackadder, Atkinson would play the silent Mr. Bean, who made audiences laugh without ever saying a word.
Rowan can be seen and heard in The Lion King, Johnny English, and Scooby-Doo. He would have gotten more voice-over work if it hadn’t been for those meddling kids.