Peter Sellers

Comedian & Actor
Born Sep 8, 1925

Richard Henry Sellers, CBE, known as Peter Sellers, was a British film actor, comedian and singer. He is best known for his appearances in the BBC Radio comedy series The Goon Show, a number of comic songs that were radio favourites, and for his many film characterisations, among them Chief Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther series of films. Born in Portsmouth, Sellers made his stage debut at the Kings Theatre, Southsea, when he was two weeks old.… Read More

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1925 Birth Sellers was born on 8 September 1925, in Southsea, a suburb of Portsmouth. … Read More
1935 9 Years Old In 1935 the Sellers family moved to North London and settled in Muswell Hill. … Read More


1940 14 Years Old …  Early in 1940, the family moved to the north Devon town of Ilfracombe, where Sellers's maternal uncle managed the Victoria Palace Theatre; Sellers got his first job at the theatre, aged fifteen, starting as a caretaker. … Read More
1943 17 Years Old In September 1943, he joined the Royal Air Force, although it is unclear whether he volunteered or was conscripted; his mother unsuccessfully tried to have him deferred on medical grounds. … Read More


1946 20 Years Old In 1946, Sellers made his final show with ENSA starring in the pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk at the Théâtre Marigny in Paris. … Read More
In March 1948 Sellers gained a six-week run at the Windmill Theatre in London, which predominantly staged revue acts: he provided the comedy turns in between the nude shows on offer.
1949 23 Years Old In 1949, Sellers started to date Anne Howe, an Australian actress who lived in London.
1950 24 Years Old 1 More Event
Sellers proposed to her in April 1950 and the couple were married in London on 15 September 1951; their son, Michael, was born on 2 April 1954, and their daughter, Sarah, followed in 1958.
1951 25 Years Old 1 More Event
On 3 February 1951, he made a trial tape entitled The Goons, and sent it to the BBC producer Pat Dixon, who eventually accepted it. … Read More


1957 31 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1957 film producer Michael Relph became impressed with Sellers's portrayal of an elderly character in Idiot Weekly, and cast the 32-year-old actor as a 68-year-old projectionist in Basil Dearden's The Smallest Show on Earth, supporting Bill Travers, Virginia McKenna and Margaret Rutherford. … Read More
1958 32 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1958 Sellers starred with David Tomlinson, Wilfrid Hyde-White, David Lodge and Lionel Jeffries as a chief petty officer in Val Guest's Up the Creek. … Read More
1959 33 Years Old …  In 1959 Sellers released his second album, Songs For Swinging Sellers, which—like his first record—reached number three in the UK Albums Chart. … Read More
1960 34 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1960 Sellers portrayed an Indian doctor, Dr Ahmed el Kabir in Anthony Asquith's romantic comedy The Millionairess, a film based on a George Bernard Shaw play of the same name. … Read More
1961 35 Years Old In 1961 Sellers made his directorial debut with Mr. Topaze, in which he also starred. … Read More
In 1962 Sellers played a retired British army general in John Guillermin's Waltz of the Toreadors, based on the play of the same name. … Read More
1963 37 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1963, Stanley Kubrick cast Sellers to appear in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb alongside George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn and Slim Pickens. … Read More
Towards the end of filming, in early February 1964, Sellers met Britt Ekland, a Swedish actress who had arrived in London to film Guns at Batasi. On 19 February 1964, just ten days after their first meeting, the couple married. … Read More


1968 42 Years Old 1 More Event
…  The divorce was finalised on 18 December 1968, and Sellers's friend Spike Milligan sent Ekland a congratulatory telegram. … Read More
1969 43 Years Old In 1969 Sellers starred opposite Ringo Starr in the Joseph McGrath-directed film The Magic Christian. … Read More
1970 44 Years Old 1 More Event
According to The Times, the film was a major commercial success and became the seventh most popular film at the British box office in 1970. … Read More
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By 1974, Sellers's friends were concerned that he was having a nervous breakdown. … Read More


In 1976, he followed it with The Pink Panther Strikes Again.
1977 - 1978 2 More Events
In 1979, Sellers starred alongside Lynne Frederick, Lionel Jeffries and Elke Sommer in Richard Quine's The Prisoner of Zenda. … Read More
…  In 1980 he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his role in Being There, and also earned three other Golden Globe nominations in the same category. … Read More
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