Peter Ustinov

Academy Award-winning British-born Actor + Writer + Dramatist and Raconteur
Born Apr 16, 1921
Hometown London, England
Died Mar 28, 2004
Death Place Genolier
Nationality British
Alma Mater Westminster School
Other Names Ustinov, Sir Pete...

Sir Peter Alexander Ustinov CBE was an English actor, writer and dramatist. He was also renowned as a filmmaker, theatre and opera director, stage designer, author, screenwriter, comedian, humourist, newspaper and magazine columnist, radio broadcaster and television presenter.… Read More

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1921 Birth Born on April 16, 1921.


1935 14 Years Old In 1935, two years after Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany, Iona von Ustinov began working for the British intelligence service MI5 and became a British citizen, thus avoiding internment during the war. … Read More
1938 17 Years Old …  After training as an actor in his late teens, along with early attempts at playwriting, he made his stage début in 1938 at the Players' Theatre, becoming quickly established. … Read More
1939 18 Years Old Ustinov served as a private soldier in the British Army during World War II, including time spent as batman to David Niven while writing a Niven film. In 1939 he appeared in White Cargo at the Aylesbury Rep, where he had a different accent every night. … Read More
1940 19 Years Old Ustinov was married three times – first to Isolde Denham, daughter of Reginald Denham and Moyna MacGill. The marriage lasted from 1940 to their divorce in 1950, and they had one child, daughter Tamara Ustinov. Isolde was the half-sister of Angela Lansbury.


1952 31 Years Old Between 1952 and 1955, he starred with Peter Jones in the BBC radio comedy In All Directions. … Read More
1954 33 Years Old His second marriage was to Suzanne Cloutier, which lasted from 1954 to their divorce in 1971. … Read More


1971 50 Years Old Ustinov was re-elected to the post for a second term three year term in 1971 narrowly beating Michael Parkinson after a disputed recount. … Read More
1972 51 Years Old His third and final marriage was to Helene du Lau d' Allemans, which lasted from 1972 to his death. … Read More


1984 63 Years Old On 31 October 1984, Ustinov was to meet with Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. … Read More
1990 69 Years Old …  However, he was knighted in 1990, and was appointed Chancellor of Durham University in 1992, having previously been elected as the first Rector of the University of Dundee in 1968 (a role in which he moved from being merely a figurehead to taking on a political role, negotiating with militant students).
1991 70 Years Old 1 More Event
Ustinov also served as President of the World Federalist Movement from 1991 until his death. … Read More
2000 79 Years Old Ustinov was a frequent defender of the Chinese government, stating in an address to Durham University in 2000, "People are annoyed with the Chinese for not respecting more human rights. … Read More
2002 81 Years Old Ustinov came to Berlin on a UNICEF mission in 2002 to visit the circle of United Buddy Bears that promote a more peaceful world between nations, cultures and religions for the first time. … Read More
2003 82 Years Old In 2003, he sponsored and opened the second exhibition of the United Buddy Bears in Berlin. … Read More
2004 83 Years Old He died on 28 March 2004 of heart failure in a clinic in Genolier, near his home in Bursins, Vaud, Switzerland. … Read More
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