Peter Sellers

British comedian & actor Peter Sellers

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.
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Deceased
24 July 1980
home town
Southsea

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ARTS, BRIEFLY; Trisha Brown Wins Gish Prize
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A Gish for Trisha: the modern dance choreographer Trisha Brown has won this year's Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, an award worth about $300,000 that was named after the silent film actresses. The trust that administers the award, given to artists for ''groundbreaking impact in their chosen fields,'' said Ms. Brown had ''transformed'' modern dance
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Twilight's Kellan Lutz shows off his rippling muscles in GQ and celebrates by ... - Daily Mail
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No doubt his roommates have to be on their guard in case the tough star attacks them by jumping out of the closet like Cato in Peter Sellers' hilarious Pink Panther films. Are we lost? Sharni pulled out her map as they looked for landmarks as they
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Five Things You Need to Know Today: Sept. 1 - Patch.com
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STRANGELOVE": The Peter Sellers classic will be played tonight at the Kelley Library's Lancaster Room starting at 6:30 pm 5. REMEMBERING 9/11: Starting next Monday, we'll be featuring a week-long series of content as the 10-year anniversary of 9/11
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Funniest Movies Ever - Screen Junkies
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So double tape your funny bone and open yourself up to the list: Peter Sellers at his comedic best. Here he takes physical comedy to surprising ends and easily predictable ends but makes both laugh out loud funny. When physical comedy transcends the
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Our Idiot Brother [Review] - Widescreen Warrior.com
Google News - over 6 years
It's an interesting inclusion as the film, as the star of those movies, Peter Sellers, would draw acclaim for playing an idiotic character who was confused for a wise man in Being There. Rudd's Ned is not a character on par with Sellers' Chauncy
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Jacqui Smith could do us all a community service by emigrating to Outer Mongolia - Daily Mail
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You can imagine it as a scene from a Peter Sellers film. A former Home Secretary reclines in the comfort of a mullion-windowed mansion, praising a liberal penal policy and day-release work for convicts. Indeed, drawls this former
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The BBC canteen really is awful, say fed-up staff - Mirror.co.uk
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For years the grub provided cheeky material for stars including Ronnie Corbett, Peter Sellers, Terry Wogan and Les Dawson. Sellers quipped on the Goon show in 1954: “Lunch is now being served in the BBC canteen. Doctors are standing by
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Sellers as you never see him - The Australian
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... Alec Guinness doing eight characters in Kind Hearts and Coronets, Eddie Murphy playing the title role and every member of the prof's family in The Nutty Professor -- a feat matched by Geoffrey Rush in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (Thursday,
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Jason Segel - interview - The Vine
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I remember there's an episode of the Muppet show featuring Peter Sellers. And Scooter walks in and says "five minutes to curtain, Mr Sellers!" And Peter Sellers is wearing a viking cap. And Peter Sellers says "oh, I don't know what to do out there
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Captain America: The First Avenger (12A) - NME.com (blog)
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Screenwriters: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely (Prince Caspian, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers). There are two things you have to ask yourself when reviewing a film like Captain America: The First Avenger. Of primary concern is just how much
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Smart, Patchy, Sweet 'Crazy, Stupid, Love' - Wall Street Journal
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A special pleasure of the movie medium is watching actors play double or multiple roles: Lee Marvin in "Cat Ballou," Jeremy Irons in "Dead Ringers," Peter Sellers doing three characters in "Dr. Strangelove," Alec Guinness doing eight in "Kind Hearts
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Sanjay Dutt gets inspired by Steve Martin? - IndiaFM
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Though it is unlikely that the makers have picked up rights from Steve Martin's franchise (which itself was inspired by Peter Sellers' riotous comedy from the 60s), revelation of Dutt as an idiot cop who believes himself to be pretty smart leads one
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10 Best British Comedy Actors - Screen Junkies
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Peter Sellers- This late actor, best known for his portrayal of the bumbling French detective Inspector Clouseau, Peter Sellers was one of the greatest British comedy actors to have ever graced the silver screen. However, he was also capable of acting
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Little Italy hosts hilarious, offbeat Peter Sellers caper, 'After the Fox' - Baltimore Sun (blog)
Google News - over 6 years
This wayward, crackpot caper stars Peter Sellers as an Italian master crook. To Sellers' Aldo Vennucci, crime is only an afterthought, while family pride is everything. Aldo can devise a jailbreak with a snap of his fingers, but he is, above all else,
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New This Week - Baltimore City Paper
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Neil Simon wrote the screenplay, Peter Sellers stars, and Vittorio de Sica (Bicycle Thieves) directs. But the film is sprawling and only intermittently funny, while the ditzy female characters are tiresome. The plot follows Sellers as master criminal
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Peter Sellers
    FIFTIES
  • 1980
    Age 54
    A memorial service was held at St Martin-in-the-Fields on 8 September 1980—what would have been Sellers's 55th birthday.
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    He was taken to the Middlesex Hospital, London, and died just after midnight on 24 July 1980, aged 54.
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    On 21 July 1980 Sellers arrived in London from Geneva.
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    Sellers's final performances were a series of advertisements for Barclays Bank. Filmed in April 1980 in Ireland, he played Monty Casino, a Jewish con-man.
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    In March 1980 Sellers asked his fifteen-year-old daughter Victoria what she thought about Being There: she reported later that, "I said yes, I thought it was great.
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    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.
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  • 1979
    Age 53
    Later in 1979, Sellers starred opposite Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas and Jack Warden in the black comedy Being There as Chance, a mindless, emotionless gardener addicted to watching TV.
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    Upon its release in May 1979, the film was well received; Janet Maslin of The New York Times observed how Sellers divided "his energies between a serious character and a funny one, but that it was his serious performance which was more impressive."
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    In 1979, Sellers starred alongside Lynne Frederick, Lionel Jeffries and Elke Sommer in Richard Quine's The Prisoner of Zenda.
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  • 1978
    Age 52
    He would make similar references throughout his life: when he appeared on The Muppet Show in 1978, a guest appearance that earned him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Variety or Music, he chose not to appear as himself, instead appearing in a variety of costumes and accents.
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  • 1977
    Age 51
    On 20 March 1977, Sellers suffered a second major heart attack during a flight from Paris to London; he was subsequently fitted with a pacemaker.
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  • 1976
    Age 50
    In March 1976 Sellers began dating actress Lynne Frederick, whom he married on 18 February 1977.
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    During the filming from February to June 1976, the already fraught relationship between Sellers and Blake Edwards had seriously deteriorated.
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    In 1976, he followed it with The Pink Panther Strikes Again.
  • FORTIES
  • 1975
    Age 49
    The film was shot on a budget of £3 million and earned $33 million at the box office upon release in May 1975, reinvigorating Sellers's career as an A-list film star and restoring his millionaire status.
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  • 1974
    Age 48
    A turning point in Sellers's flailing career came in 1974, when he teamed up with Blake Edwards to make The Return of the Pink Panther, starring alongside Christopher Plummer, Herbert Lom and Catherine Schell.
    As a result, by 1974 he agreed to accept salaries of £100,000 and 10 per cent of the gross to appear in TV productions and advertisements, well below the £1 million he had once commanded per film.
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    In 1974, Sellers portrayed a "sexually voracious" Queen Victoria in Joseph McGrath's comedic biographical film of the Scottish poet William McGonagall, The Great McGonagall, starring opposite Milligan and Julia Foster.
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    In 1974, Sellers again claimed to have communicated with the long-dead music hall comic Dan Leno, who advised him to return to the role of Clouseau.
    When he was invited to appear on Michael Parkinson's eponymous chat show in 1974, he withdrew the day before, explaining to Parkinson that "I just can't walk on as myself".
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    By 1974, Sellers's friends were concerned that he was having a nervous breakdown.
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  • 1973
    Age 47
    In May 1973, with his third marriage failing, Sellers went to the theatre to watch Liza Minnelli perform.
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  • 1972
    Age 46
    On 20 April 1972, Sellers reunited with Milligan and Harry Secombe to record The Last Goon Show of All, which was broadcast on 5 October.
  • 1970
    Age 44
    The couple married on 24 August 1970, despite Sellers's private doubts—expressed to his agent, Dennis Selinger—about his decision to re-marry.
    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.
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  • 1969
    Age 43
    In 1969 Sellers starred opposite Ringo Starr in the Joseph McGrath-directed film The Magic Christian.
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  • 1968
    Age 42
    Sellers's first film appearance of 1968 was a reunion with Blake Edwards for the fish out of water comedy The Party, in which he starred alongside Claudine Longet and Denny Miller.
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    The divorce was finalised on 18 December 1968, and Sellers's friend Spike Milligan sent Ekland a congratulatory telegram.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1965
    Age 39
    On 20 January 1965, Sellers and Ekland announced the birth of a daughter, Victoria.
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  • 1964
    Age 38
    Upon its release in late June 1964, Bosley Crowther noted the "joyously free and facile way" in which Sellers had developed his comedy technique.
    After some time recovering, Sellers returned to filming in October 1964, playing King of the Individualists alongside Ekland in Carol for Another Christmas, a United Nations special, broadcast on the ABC channel on 28 December 1964.
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    On the night of 5 April 1964, prior to having sex with Ekland, Sellers took amyl nitrites (poppers) as a sexual stimulant in his search for "the ultimate orgasm", and suffered a series of eight heart attacks over the course of three hours as a result.
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    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.
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  • 1963
    Age 37
    Between November 1963 and February 1964, Sellers began filming A Shot in the Dark, an adaptation of a French play, L'Idiote by Marcel Achard.
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    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.
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  • 1962
    Age 36
    After his father's death in October 1962, Sellers decided to leave England and was approached by director Blake Edwards who offered him the role of Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther, after Peter Ustinov had backed out of the film.
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    At the end of 1962, his marriage to Anne broke down.
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    Sellers's behaviour towards his family worsened in 1962; according to his son Michael, Sellers asked him and his sister Sarah "who we love more, our mother or him.
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    Towards the end of 1962, Sellers appeared in The Dock Brief, a legal satire directed by James Hill and co-starring Richard Attenborough.
    Stanley Kubrick asked Sellers to play the role of Clare Quilty in the 1962 film Lolita, opposite James Mason and Shelley Winters.
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    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.
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  • 1961
    Age 35
    In 1961 Sellers made his directorial debut with Mr. Topaze, in which he also starred.
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  • 1960
    Age 34
    The film inspired the George Martin-produced novelty hit single "Goodness Gracious Me", with Sellers and Loren, which reached number four in the UK Singles Chart in November 1960.
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    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.
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  • 1959
    Age 33
    In 1959 Sellers released his second album, Songs For Swinging Sellers, which—like his first record—reached number three in the UK Albums Chart.
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  • 1958
    Age 32
    Sellers released his first studio album in 1958 called The Best of Sellers; a collection of sketches and comic songs, which were undertaken in a variety of comic characters.
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    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.
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  • 1957
    Age 31
    Later in 1957 Sellers portrayed a television star with a talent for disguises in Mario Zampi's offbeat black comedy The Naked Truth, opposite Terry-Thomas, Peggy Mount, Shirley Eaton and Dennis Price.
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    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1955
    Age 29
    He accepted a larger part in the 1955 Alexander Mackendrick-directed Ealing comedy The Ladykillers in which he starred opposite Alec Guinness, Herbert Lom and Cecil Parker as Harry Robinson, the Teddy Boy; biographer Peter Evans considers this Sellers's first good role.
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  • 1954
    Age 28
    In 1954, Sellers was cast opposite Sid James, Tony Hancock, Raymond Huntley, Donald Pleasence and Eric Sykes in the British Lion Film Corporation comedy production, Orders Are Orders.
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  • 1952
    Age 26
    Sellers and Milligan then penned the script to Let's Go Crazy, the earliest film to showcase Sellers's ability to portray a series of different characters within the same film, and he made another appearance opposite his Goons co-stars in the 1952 flop, Down Among the Z Men.
  • 1951
    Age 25
    In 1951 the Goons made their feature film debut in Penny Points to Paradise.
    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.
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  • 1950
    Age 24
    Sellers's introduction to film work came in 1950, where he dubbed the voice of Alfonso Bedoya in The Black Rose.
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    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.
  • 1949
    Age 23
    In 1949, Sellers started to date Anne Howe, an Australian actress who lived in London.
  • 1948
    Age 22
    In October 1948, Sellers was a regular radio performer, appearing in Starlight Hour, The Gang Show, Henry Hall's Guest Night and It's Fine To Be Young.
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    This led to his brief appearance on 1 July 1948 on ShowTime and subsequently to work on Ray's a Laugh with comedian Ted Ray.
    As a result, he made his television debut on 18 March 1948 in New To You.
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    Sellers wrote to the BBC in 1948, and was subsequently auditioned.
    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.
  • 1946
    Age 20
    In 1946, Sellers made his final show with ENSA starring in the pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk at the Théâtre Marigny in Paris.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1943
    Age 17
    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.
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  • 1940
    Age 14
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1935
    Age 9
    In 1935 the Sellers family moved to North London and settled in Muswell Hill.
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  • 1925
    Born
    Sellers was born on 8 September 1925, in Southsea, a suburb of Portsmouth.
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