The Great Waldo Pepper
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After working on Paperhouse (1988) Elliott Spiers immediaely went to work for director Raoul Servais on TAXANDRIA in Budapest. Principal photography was completed in 1989, Elliott was 16 years of age.
However, due to the enormous amount of post-production work that needed to be completed, it was not released until October of 1994. In the interim, Elliott Spiers, who portrayed Aimé Perel in the film, became gravely ill from the side-effects of an anti-Malaria inoculation, which caused a decline in his mental health. He never fully recovered. As a result, he was unable to complete the voice-dubbing required for his character and, consequently, the voice of Aimé Perel is that of another actor.
On Saturday January 15 1994, while a patient of the psychiatric ward of the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, North London, Elliott Spiers took his own life. It remains unknown whether his death was a premeditated act on his part, or a consequence of involuntary actions brought on by his mental ill-health. Taxandria premiered at the 1994 Flanders Film Festival and was dedicated to his memory.
Elliott Spiers was born on October 12, 1973 in London. He was the eldest of three children all of whom enjoyed performing in their early years. His main interest was painting and drawing and he showed a great deal of talent in this area. As an actor, Elliott appeared in Jim Henson's television series The Storyteller (1988), and in the films Paperhouse (1988) and Taxandria (1989 / 1994).