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Peter Sellers (I) (1925–1980)


Often credited as the greatest comedian of all time, Peter Sellers was born to a well-off English acting family in 1925. His mother and father worked in an acting company run by his grandmother. As a child, Sellers was spoiled, as his parents' first child had died at birth. He enlisted in the Royal Air Force and served during World War II. After ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake / President Merkin Muffley / Dr. Strangelove
(1964)
Being There
Being There Chance
(1979)
The Pink Panther
The Pink Panther Insp. Jacques Clouseau
(1963)
The Pink Panther Strikes Again
The Pink Panther Strikes Again Chief Inspector Clouseau
(1976)

Filmography

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 1980 The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu
Fu Manchu / Nayland Smith
 1979 Being There
Chance
 1979 The Prisoner of Zenda
Rudolf IV / Rudolf V / Syd Frewin
 1978 Revenge of the Pink Panther
Chief Insp. Jacques Clouseau
 1978 Kingdom of Gifts
The Slightly Larcenous Mayor (voice)
 1976 The Pink Panther Strikes Again
Chief Inspector Clouseau
 1976 Murder by Death
Sidney Wang
 1975 The Return of the Pink Panther
Insp. Jacques Clouseau
 1975 The Great McGonagall
Queen Victoria
 1974 Undercovers Hero
Général Latour & General Latour / Major Robinson / Herr Schroeder / ...
 1973 Ghost in the Noonday Sun
Dick Scratcher
 1973 The Blockhouse
Rouquet
 1972 A Day at the Beach
The Salesman (as A. Queen)
 1972 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
The March Hare
 1972 Sykes (TV Series)
Tommy Grando
- Stranger (1972) ... Tommy Grando
 1972 Where Does It Hurt?
Dr. Albert T. Hopfnagel
 1970 'Wiltons' - The Handsomest Hall in Town (TV Movie)
G.W.Ross
 1970 There's a Girl in My Soup
Robert Danvers
 1970 Hoffman
Benjamin Hoffman
 1970 Simon Simon (Short)
Man with two cars
 1969 The Magic Christian
Sir Guy Grand
 1969 It Takes a Thief (TV Series)
Man in Harbor Records Office
- Who'll Bid Two Million Dollars? (1969) ... Man in Harbor Records Office
 1968 The Party
Hrundi V. Bakshi
 1967 Woman Times Seven
Jean (segment "Funeral Procession")
 1967 Casino Royale
Evelyn Tremble (James Bond - 007)
 1967 The Bobo
Juan Bautista
 1966 Alice in Wonderland (TV Movie)
King of Hearts
 1966 After the Fox
Aldo Vanucci
 1966 The Wrong Box
Doctor Pratt
 1965 Tales from Hoffnung (TV Series)
Narrator
- Birds, Bees and Storks (1965) ... Narrator (voice)
 1965 What's New Pussycat
Dr. Fritz Fassbender
 1964 A Carol for Another Christmas (TV Movie)
Imperial Me
 1964 A Shot in the Dark
Jacques Clouseau
 1963-1964 The Telegoons (TV Series)
Bluebottle / Col. Bloodnok / Henry Crun / ...
- Tales of Montmartre (1964) ... Bluebottle / Col. Bloodnok / Henry Crun / ... (voice)
- The Whistling Spy Enigma (1964) ... Bluebottle / Col. Bloodnok / Henry Crun / ... (voice)
- The First Albert Memorial to the Moon (1964) ... Bluebottle / Col. Bloodnok / Henry Crun / ... (voice)
- Captain Seagoon R.N. (1964) ... Bluebottle / Col. Bloodnok / Henry Crun / ... (voice)
- The Africa Ship Canal (1964) ... Bluebottle / Col. Bloodnok / Henry Crun / ... (voice)
 1964 The World of Henry Orient
Henry Orient
 1964 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake / President Merkin Muffley / Dr. Strangelove
 1963 The Pink Panther
Insp. Jacques Clouseau
 1963 Heavens Above!
The Reverend John Smallwood
 1963 The Wrong Arm of the Law
Pearly Gates
 1962 Trial and Error
Wilfred Morgenhall, Solicitor
 1962 Lolita
Clare Quilty
 1962 The Road to Hong Kong
Indian Neurologist (uncredited)
 1962 Waltz of the Toreadors
Gen. Leo Fitzjohn
 1962 Only Two Can Play
John Lewis
 1961 I Like Money
Auguste Topaze
 1960 The Millionairess
Dr. Ahmed el Kabir
 1960 Never Let Go
Lionel Meadows
 1960 The Battle of the Sexes
Mr. Martin
 1960 Two Way Stretch
Dodger Lane
 1959 The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film (Short)
Photographer (uncredited)
 1959 I'm All Right Jack
Fred Kite / Sir John Kennaway
 1959 The Mouse That Roared
Grand Duchess Gloriana XII / Prime Minister Count Rupert of Mountjoy / Tully Bascombe
 1959 Man in a Cocked Hat
Señor Amphibulos - the prime minister
 1958 Tom Thumb
The Villain: Antony
 1958 Theatre Night (TV Series)
The Sultan
- Brouhaha (1958) ... The Sultan
 1958 Up the Creek
CPO Doherty
 1958 The April 8th Show (Seven Days Early) (TV Movie)
Various Characters
 1957 Insomnia Is Good for You (Short)
Hector Dimwittie
 1957 Your Past Is Showing
Sonny Macgregor
 1957 Big Time Operators
Mr. Quill
 1957 Yes, It's the Cathode-Ray Tube Show! (TV Series)
Various Characters (1957) (voice)
 1957 Cold Comfort (Short)
Hector Dimwittie
 1957 Dearth of a Salesman (Short)
Hector Dimwittie
 1956 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Snowball ('Snowball') / Cyril Owlham ('The Birdwatcher')
- Double Bill: Snowball/The Birdwatcher (1956) ... Snowball ('Snowball') / Cyril Owlham ('The Birdwatcher')
 1956 Son of Fred (TV Series)
Various / Various Characters
- Episode #1.5 (1956) ... Various
- Episode #1.1 (1956) ... Various Characters
 1956 A Show Called Fred (TV Series)
Various Characters
- Episode #1.5 (1956) ... Various Characters
- Episode #1.4 (1956) ... Various Characters
- Episode #1.3 (1956) ... Various Characters
- Episode #1.2 (1956) ... Various Characters
- Episode #1.1 (1956) ... Various Characters
 1956 The Idiot Weekly, Price 2d (TV Series)
Various Characters
- Episode #1.6 (1956) ... Various Characters
- Episode #1.1 (1956) ... Various Characters
 1956 The Man Who Never Was
Winston Churchill (voice, uncredited)
 1956 The Case of the Mukkinese Battle-Horn (Short)
Narrator / Supt. Quilt / Asst. Commissioner Sir Jervis Fruit / ...
 1955 The Ladykillers
Harry (a.k.a. 'Mr. Robinson')
 1955 John and Julie
P.C. Diamond
 1954 And So to Bentley (TV Series)
Various Roles
- Episode #1.6 (1954) ... Various Roles
- Episode #1.5 (1954) ... Various Roles
- Episode #1.4 (1954) ... Various Roles
- Episode #1.3 (1954) ... Various Roles
- Episode #1.2 (1954) ... Various Roles
 1954 Orders Are Orders
Private Goffin
 1953 The Adventures of Sadie
Parrot (voice, uncredited)
 1953 Beat the Devil
Billy Dannreuther (voice, uncredited)
 1953 The Super Secret Service (Short)
Sir Walter Smood / Reuben J. Crouch
 1952 Don't Spare the Horses (TV Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1952)
 1952 Down Among the Z Men
Colonel Bloodnok (as The Goons)
 1952 Goonreel (TV Movie)
Various
 1952 Trial Gallop (TV Movie)
 1951 Let's Go Crazy (Short)
Groucho Marx / Giuseppe / Cedric / ...
 1951 Penny Points to Paradise
The Major / Arnold Fringe
 1951 Ça c'est du cinéma (UK version) (voice, uncredited)
 1950 The Black Rose
Lu Chung (voice, uncredited)
 1915 A Burlesque on Carmen (Short)
Narrator 1951 UK Sound Version
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(1970s) TV commercials: TWA Airlines. See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Biographical Movies | 7 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 5 Interviews | 63 Articles | 9 Pictorials | 27 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Alternate Names:

Peter Sellers CBE | The Goons | Those Crazy People The Goons | Peter | A. Queen

Height:

5' 8½" (1.74 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I'm a very ambitious person. I don't believe by any means that I've even begun to do what's inside me. I have a burning sort of fire inside me to do certain things which I know I'm going to do. I'm going to defeat all these berks that are around me and I'm going to do it. I mean, I have a name of being very difficult, I'm not difficult at all, I just cannot take mediocrity, I just cannot take it ... See more »

Trivia:

One afternoon the doorbell rang in Sellers' London flat. As he was busy in his study, his wife Anne went to the door, where she was handed a telegram. The message: "Bring me a cup of coffee. Peter". See more »

Trademark:

Often infused his comic characters with an undercurrent of deep melancholy See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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