Peter Cook

Born Nov 17, 1937

Peter Edward Cook was an English actor, satirist, writer and comedian. An extremely influential figure in modern British comedy, he is regarded as the leading light of the British satire boom of the 1960s. Cook has been described as "the funniest man who ever drew breath", although his work was also controversial. Cook was closely associated with anti-establishment comedy that emerged in Britain and the United States in the late 1950s.… Read More

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1937 Birth Born on November 17, 1937.


1960 22 Years Old It was at Pembroke that Cook performed and wrote comedy sketches as a member of the Cambridge Footlights Club, of which he became president in 1960. … Read More
1961 23 Years Old In 1961, Cook opened The Establishment, a club at 18 Greek Street in Soho in central London, presenting fellow comedians in a nightclub setting, including American Lenny Bruce. … Read More
1963 25 Years Old …  In 1963, Cook married Wendy Snowden; the couple had two daughters, Lucy and Daisy, but the marriage ended in 1970. … Read More


1968 - 1971 3 More Events
1973 35 Years Old Cook returned to Britain and in 1973 he married the actress and model Judy Huxtable. … Read More
1976 38 Years Old 1 More Event
Cook and Moore hosted Saturday Night Live on 24 January 1976 during the SNL first season. … Read More
1977 39 Years Old He was in the second Amnesty gala in May 1977, An Evening Without Sir Bernard Miles. … Read More


1979 41 Years Old In June 1979, Cook performed all four nights of The Secret Policeman's Ball – teaming with John Cleese. … Read More
1980 42 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1980, partly spurred by Moore's growing film star status, Cook moved to Hollywood and appeared as an uptight English butler to a wealthy American woman in a short-lived United States television sitcom, The Two of Us, also making cameo appearances in a couple of undistinguished films.
1982 44 Years Old …  He also hosted a spoof film awards ceremony that was part of the world première of the film in London in March 1982. … Read More
1983 45 Years Old In 1983 Cook played the role of Richard III in the first episode of Blackadder, "The Foretelling", which parodies Laurence Olivier's portrayal.
1985 47 Years Old He narrated the short film "Diplomatix" by Norwegian comedy trio Kirkvaag, Lystad and Mjøen, which won the "Special Prize of the City of Montreux" at the Montreux Comedy Festival in 1985.
1986 48 Years Old In 1986 he partnered Joan Rivers on her UK talk show.
1987 49 Years Old He appeared as Mr Jolly in 1987 in The Comic Strip Presents episode "Mr. Jolly Lives Next Door", playing an assassin who covers the sound of his murders by playing Tom Jones records. … Read More


1988 50 Years Old 1 More Event
Also that year he spent time working with Martin Lewis on a political satire about the 1988 US presidential elections for HBO, but the script went unproduced. … Read More
1989 51 Years Old In late 1989, Cook married for the third time, to Malaysian-born property developer Chiew Lin Chong in Torbay, Devon. … Read More
Unscripted interviews with Cook as Streeb-Greebling and satirist Chris Morris were recorded in late 1993 and broadcast as Why Bother? on BBC Radio 3. … Read More
1994 56 Years Old He made his last TV appearance on the show Pebble Mill at One in November 1994.
1995 57 Years Old 1 More Event
Dudley Moore attended Cook's memorial service in London in May 1995. … Read More
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