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Peter Sellers

Richard Henry Sellers, CBE (8 September 1925 – 24 July 1980), known as Peter Sellers, was a British comedian and actor best known as Chief Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther film series, for playing three different characters in Dr. Strangelove, as Clare Quilty in Lolita, and as the man-child and TV-addicted Chance the gardener in his penultimate film, Being There. Leading actress Bette Davis once remarked of him, "He isn't an actor—he's a chameleon." Sellers rose to fame on the BBC Radio comedy series The Goon Show. His ability to speak in different accents (e.g., French, Indian, American, German, as well as British regional accents), along with his talent to portray a range of characters to comic effect, contributed to his success as a radio personality and screen actor and earned him national and international nominations and awards. Many of his characters became ingrained in public perception of his work. Sellers' private life was characterized by turmoil and crises, and included emotional problems and substance abuse. Sellers was married four times, and had three children from the first two marriages. An enigmatic figure, he often claimed to have no identity outside the roles that he played, but he left his own portrait since, "he obsessively filmed his homes, his family, people he knew, anything that took his fancy right to the end of his life—intimate film that remained undiscovered until long after his death in 1980." The director Peter Hall has said: "Peter had the ability to identify completely with another person, and think his way physically, mentally and emotionally into their skin. Where does that come from? I have no idea. Is it a curse? Often. I think it's not enough though in this business to have talent. You have to have talent to handle the talent. And that I think Peter did not have." Description above from the Wikipedia article Peter Sellers, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Sep 8, 1925 In Southsea, Hampshire, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Ed Sullivan Show 1948-06-20
Latest Project:
Movie Kubrick by Kubrick 2020-10-22
Known For
Poster of Casino Royale
Poster of The Pink Panther
Poster of Lolita
Poster of A Show Called Fred
Movie Peter Sellers: A State of Comic Ecstasy Self (Archival Footage) 2020-05-09
Movie Kubrick by Kubrick Self (archive footage) 2020-10-22
Movie The Ghost of Peter Sellers Himself 2018-09-13
Movie Spike Milligan: Love, Light and Peace Himself (archive footage) 2014-12-10
Movie The World of Peter Sellers Unknown 2009-09-15
Movie Best Sellers: Peter Sellers and Dr. Strangelove Himself (archive footage) 2004-10-28
Movie The Peter Sellers Story - As He Filmed It Himself 2003-04-23
Movie Spike Himself 1996-06-11
Series Funny Business 1992-11-22
Movie The Very Best of Peter Sellers 1990-01-01
Movie Ghost in the Noonday Sun Dick Scratcher 1984-01-01
Movie Trail of the Pink Panther Chief Insp. Jacques Clouseau (archive footage) 1982-12-03
Movie The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu Fu Manchu / Nayland Smith 1980-08-08
Movie The Prisoner of Zenda Rudolf IV/Rudolf V/Sidney Frewin 1979-08-17
Movie Being There Chance 1979-12-19
Movie Revenge of the Pink Panther Chief Inspector Clouseau 1978-01-08
Movie Mickey's 50 Himself 1978-11-19
Movie To See Such Fun Unknown 1977-11-01
Movie The Pink Panther Strikes Again Chief Inspector Clouseau 1976-12-15
Movie Murder by Death Sidney Wang 1976-06-23
Series The Muppet Show Unknown 1976-09-05
Movie The Return of the Pink Panther Inspector Clouseau 1975-05-21
Movie The Great McGonagall Queen Victoria 1975-08-15
Movie Soft Beds, Hard Battles Général Latour / Major Robinson / Herr Schroeder / Adolf Hitler / The President / Prince Kyoto 1974-01-24
Movie The Optimists of Nine Elms Sam 1973-10-17
Movie The Blockhouse Rouquet 1973-01-01
Movie Alice's Adventures in Wonderland The March Hare 1972-01-01
Movie A Day at the Beach Salesman 1972-04-17
Movie Where Does It Hurt? Dr. Albert T. Hopfnegal 1972-07-24
Movie The Last Goon Show of All Unknown 1972-05-10
Series V.I.P. Schaukel Unknown 1971-05-09
Movie Hoffman Benjamin Hoffman 1970-01-01
Movie There's a Girl in My Soup Robert Danvers 1970-12-15
Movie Let It Be Self (scenes deleted) 1970-05-13
Movie Simon Simon Man with two cars 1970-06-01
Movie The Beatles: Get Back...Winter of Discontent Unknown 1969-01-29
Series This Is Tom Jones Unknown 1969-02-07
Movie Will the Real Mr. Sellers... Subject Of Portrait 1969-12-18
Movie One Pair of Eyes - No, But Seriously Unknown 1969-06-07
Movie The Magic Christian Sir Guy Grand KG, KC, CBE 1969-12-12
Movie The Party Hrundi V. Bakshi 1968-04-04
Series Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Unknown 1968-01-22
Movie I Love You, Alice B. Toklas! Harold Fine 1968-10-06
Movie The Bobo Juan Bautista 1967-03-31
Movie Casino Royale Evelyn Tremble 1967-04-13
Movie Woman Times Seven Jean 1967-09-29
Movie After the Fox Aldo Vanucci / Federico Fabrizi 1966-01-01
Movie The Wrong Box Doctor Pratt 1966-06-19
Series ABC Stage 67 Unknown 1966-09-14
Movie Alice in Wonderland King of Hearts 1966-12-26
Movie What's New Pussycat? Dr. Fritz Fassbender 1965-06-22
Movie Birds, Bees and Storks Narrator (voice) 1965-12-31
Movie Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake / President Merkin Muffley / Dr. Strangelove 1964-01-29
Movie The World of Henry Orient Henry Orient 1964-03-19
Movie A Carol for Another Christmas Imperial Me 1964-12-28
Movie A Shot in the Dark Jacques Clouseau 1964-06-23
Movie I Say I Say I Say Unknown 1964-07-09
Movie Heavens Above! The Rev. John Smallwood 1963-05-20
Movie The Wrong Arm of the Law Pearly Gates 1963-03-17
Series The Telegoons Unknown 1963-10-05
Movie The Pink Panther Insp. Jacques Clouseau 1963-12-18
Movie Only Two Can Play John Lewis 1962-01-19
Movie Waltz of the Toreadors Gen. Leo Fitzjohn 1962-04-12
Movie The Road to Hong Kong Indian Neurologist (uncredited) 1962-01-01
Movie Trial and Error Wilfred Morgenhall 1962-09-25
Movie Lolita Clare Quilty 1962-06-21
Movie Mr. Topaze Auguste Topaze 1961-04-04
Movie The Battle of the Sexes Mr. Martin 1960-02-25
Movie Never Let Go Lionel Meadows 1960-01-01
Movie The Millionairess Dr. Kabir 1960-10-18
Movie Two Way Stretch Dodger Lane 1960-12-20
Movie The Mouse That Roared Grand Duchess Gloriana XII / Prime Minister Count Rupert Mountjoy / Tully Bascombe 1959-07-17
Movie Carlton-Browne of the F.O. Prime Minister Amphibulos 1959-03-10
Movie I'm All Right Jack Fred Kite 1959-08-18
Movie The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film Unknown 1959-10-31
Movie Up the Creek CPO Doherty 1958-05-13
Movie Tom Thumb Antony 1958-12-22
Series Yes, It's The Cathode-Ray Tube Show! 1957-02-11
Movie The Smallest Show on Earth Percy Quill 1957-04-09
Movie The Naked Truth Sonny MacGregor 1957-12-03
Movie The Case of the Mukkinese Battle-Horn Assorted 1956-01-01
Series The Idiot Weekly, Price 2d Unknown 1956-02-24
Series A Show Called Fred 1956-05-02
Series Son of Fred 1956-09-17
Movie John and Julie Police Constable Diamond 1955-07-26
Movie The Ladykillers Harry, alias 'Mr. Robinson' 1955-12-08
Series And So To Bentley Unknown 1954-10-01
Movie Orders Are Orders Pvt. Goffin 1954-10-01
Movie Beat the Devil Billy Dannreuther (voice) (uncredited) 1953-11-24
Movie Our Girl Friday Voice of Parrot 1953-12-01
Movie Down Among the Z Men Major Bloodnok 1952-10-01
Movie Penny Points to Paradise The Major / Arnold Fringe 1951-01-01
Movie Let's Go Crazy Multiple Roles 1951-05-01
Movie A Burlesque on the Opera Carmen Voice narrator 1951-03-01
Movie The Slappiest Days of Our Lives (archive footage) 1951-03-23
Movie The Black Rose Lu Chung (voice) 1950-09-01
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20