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Peter Arne

Born in Kuala Lumpur, British Malaya, to a Swiss-French mother and an American father, Peter Arne was an actor and an antique dealer who was murdered in 1983. In the late 1940s, Arne and his partner Jack Corke befriended acclaimed novelist Mary Renault and her partner, Julie Mullard, on the SS Cairo, a steamer bound from Britain to South Africa and convinced them to go into business building homes for immigrants to the country. Renault financed using her £25,000 MGM award, employing labourers and craftsmen to begin construction of several houses, but Arne and Corke squandered the money, racking up debts before stealing Renault's car and returning to the UK to avoid charges of embezzlement. On 1st August 1983, Arne attended a costume fitting for a role in Doctor Who. On his return home, neighbours reported sounds of an argument to the police who subsequently found Arne's body inside his Knightsbridge flat. He had been bludgeoned to death with a stool and log from his fireplace. The prime suspect in Arne's murder was Giuseppe Perusi, a schoolteacher from Italy who had been living rough in a local park, and for whom Arne had been providing food. Four days later, a body matching Perusi's description was found in the River Thames at Wandsworth, having drowned in an apparent suicide. At the subsequent inquest in October 1983, Police concluded that Perusi had beaten the actor to death then killed himself.

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Sep 29, 1920 In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie For Those in Peril 1944-06-01
Latest Project:
Series The Far Pavilions 1984-04-22
Known For
Poster of Trail of the Pink Panther
Poster of Victor/Victoria
Poster of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Poster of High Tide at Noon
Series The Far Pavilions The General 1984-04-22
Movie Victor/Victoria Labisse 1982-04-25
Movie Trail of the Pink Panther Col. Bufoni 1982-12-03
Movie Agatha Hotel Manager 1979-02-09
Movie The Passage Unknown 1979-03-09
Series Hart to Hart Unknown 1979-09-22
Movie Providence Nils 1977-01-25
Series The Venturers Unknown 1975-01-07
Movie The Return of the Pink Panther Unknown 1975-05-21
Movie Nobody Ordered Love Leo Richardstone 1972-05-01
Movie Pope Joan Richard 1972-08-16
Series The Protectors Mario Giocvetti 1972-09-29
Movie When Eight Bells Toll Capt. Imrie 1971-03-09
Movie Murders in the Rue Morgue Aubert 1971-07-21
Movie Straw Dogs John Niles 1971-12-23
Movie The Oblong Box Samuel Trench 1969-06-11
Series Department S Unknown 1969-09-09
Movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Captain of Guard 1968-12-17
Series The Champions Margoli 1968-09-25
Series Man in a Suitcase Unknown 1967-09-27
Movie Battle Beneath the Earth Arnold Kramer 1967-10-22
Series The Spies Unknown 1966-01-01
Movie Khartoum Major Kitchener 1966-06-09
Movie The Black Torment Seymour 1964-10-19
Series The Sentimental Agent Unknown 1963-09-28
Movie Girl in the Headlines Hammond Barker 1963-11-15
Movie The Pirates of Blood River Bosu'n Hench 1962-07-31
Series The Saint Unknown 1962-10-04
Series The Avengers Unknown 1961-01-07
Movie The Hellfire Club Thomas 1961-02-03
Movie The Treasure of Monte Cristo Boldini 1961-06-22
Movie Conspiracy of Hearts Lt. Schmidt 1960-04-07
Movie Scent of Mystery Robert Fleming 1960-01-12
Movie Sands of the Desert Sheikh El Jabez 1960-09-08
Series Danger Man Major Hassler 1960-09-11
Movie A Story of David Doeg 1960-12-01
Movie Danger Within Capitano Benucci 1959-02-17
Series No Hiding Place Unknown 1959-09-16
Movie Ice Cold in Alex British Officer at Oasis 1958-06-24
Movie Intent to Kill Kral 1958-07-16
Movie The Moonraker Edmund Tyler 1958-08-02
Movie Tarzan and the Lost Safari Dick Penrod 1957-04-12
Movie High Tide at Noon Owen MacKenzie 1957-04-30
Movie Timeslip Dr. Stephen Rayner / Jarvis 1955-11-01
Movie The Cockleshell Heroes Marine Stevens 1955-11-16
Movie For Those in Peril Junior Officer 1944-06-01