• Ian Charleson

Ian Charleson's Death

Born (Birthday) August 11, 1949

Death Date January 6, 1990

Age of Death 40 years

Cause of Death HIV/AIDS

Place of Death London, United Kingdom

Place of Burial Portobello Cemetery, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Profession Movie Actor

The movie actor Ian Charleson died at the age of 40. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Scottish stage and film actor who played athlete Eric Liddell in the 1981 film Chariots of Fire. He was also a singer, and in 1982, the Royal Shakespeare Company released an album that featured his recordings.

He was the son of a printer and came out as a homosexual in his early adult years.

How did Ian Charleson die?

Charleson, who was gay, was diagnosed with HIV in 1986 and died of AIDS-related causes in January 1990 at the age of 40.

He died eight weeks after performing the title role in a run of Hamlet, in Richard Eyre’s production at the Olivier Theatre. Fellow actor and friend Sir Ian McKellen said that Charleson played Hamlet so well it was as if he had rehearsed the role all his life.

Charleson requested that it be announced after his death that he had died of AIDS, to publicize the condition. This unusual decision by a major internationally known actor – the first show-business death in the United Kingdom openly attributed to complications from AIDS – helped promote awareness of HIV and AIDS and acceptance of AIDS patients.

Where is Ian Charleson buried?

Portobello Cemetery, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Ian Charleson's gravestone

In Loving memory
Ian Charleson
Born in 11th August 1969
Died 6th January 1990
Beloved younger son of
Jack and Jean Charleson
and brother of
Kenneth and Elizabeth
“Good night sweet prince
and flights of angels
sing thee to thy rest”