Peter Sellers

Peter Sellers

Highest Rated: 100% The Ladykillers (1955)

Lowest Rated: 14% I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (1968)

Birthday: Sep 08, 1925

Birthplace: Southsea, Hampshire, England, UK

One of the most accomplished comic actors of the late 20th century, Peter Sellers breathed life into the accident-prone Inspector Clouseau in "The Pink Panther" (1963) and its three sequels, as well as such classics as "Lolita" (1962), "Dr. Strangelove" (1964), "The Party" (1968) and "Being There" (1979). The son of English vaudevillians, his ability to completely transform himself into outrageous comic characters received its first showcase on the legendary radio series "The Goon Show" in the 1950s. Film roles in the 1950s and 1960s were devoted to his knack for mimicry of accents and character types, with Stanley Kubrick's "Lolita" and "Dr. Strangelove" underscoring his talent for drama as well. His best-known role of Inspector Clouseau surfaced in 1963, and he would return, sometimes reluctantly, to the franchise throughout his life before scoring a personal triumph as the simple-minded gardener who influences the Presidency in Hal Ashby's "Being There" (1980). He showed a dedication to performance and humor that made him one of the greatest inspirations to comedians and film fans for decades.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
23% 33% Trail of the Pink Panther Chief Insp. Jacques Clouseau (Character) - 1982
17% 45% The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu Dennis Nayland Smith/Dr. Fu "Fred" Manchu (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 41% The Prisoner of Zenda Rudolf IV/Rudolf V/Syd Frewin (Character) - 1979
95% 92% Being There Chance ('Chauncey Gardiner') (Character) - 1979
78% 70% Revenge of the Pink Panther Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Character) - 1978
76% 84% The Pink Panther Strikes Again Chief Inspector Clouseau (Character) - 1976
65% 83% Murder by Death Inspector Sidney Wang (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 55% Soft Beds, Hard Battles Général Latour/Major Robinson/Herr Schroeder/Adolf Hitler/The President/Prince Kyoto (Character) - 1975
84% 82% The Return of the Pink Panther Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 40% The Great McGonagall Queen Victoria (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ghost in the Noonday Sun Dick Scratcher (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Optimists Sam (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 73% The Blockhouse Rouquet (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 64% Where Does It Hurt? Dr. Albert T. Hopfnagel (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 51% Alice's Adventures in Wonderland The March Hare (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 77% Hoffman Benjamin Hoffman (Character) - 1970
59% 68% The Magic Christian Sir Guy Grand (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Day at the Beach The Salesman (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 37% There's a Girl in My Soup Robert Danvers (Character) - 1970
82% 88% The Party Hrundi V. Bakshi (Character) - 1968
14% 56% I Love You, Alice B. Toklas Harold (Character) - 1968
25% 34% Casino Royale Evelyn Tremble/James Bond/007 (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 46% The Bobo Juan Bautista (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 35% Woman Times Seven Jean (Character) - 1967
75% 66% After the Fox Aldo Vanucci/Federico Fabrizi (Character) - 1966
88% 70% The Wrong Box Doctor Pratt (Character) - 1966
29% 56% What's New, Pussycat? Dr. Fritz Fassbender (Character) - 1965
94% 87% A Shot in the Dark Jacques Clouseau (Character) - 1964
91% 58% The World of Henry Orient Henry Orient (Character) - 1964
98% 94% Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake/President Merkin Muffley/Dr. Strangelove (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 52% Carol for Another Christmas Imperial Me (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 59% The Wrong Arm of the Law Pearly Gates (Character) - 1963
89% 78% The Pink Panther Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 71% Heavens Above! The Rev. John Smallwood (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 61% Never Let Go Lionel Meadows (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 40% The Road to Hong Kong Indian Neurologist (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 38% The Dock Brief Wilfred Morgenhall (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trial and Error Wilfred Morgenhall (Character) - 1962
91% 84% Lolita Clare Quilty (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 65% Only Two Can Play John Lewis (Character) - 1962
40% No Score Yet I Like Money Auguste Topaze (Character),
Director
- 1962
No Score Yet 44% Waltz of the Toreadors Gen. Leo Fitzjohn (Character) - 1962
20% 40% The Millionairess Dr. Ahmed el Kabir (Character) - 1960
88% 77% I'm All Right, Jack Fred Kite / Sir John Kennaway (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 72% Two Way Stretch Dodger Lane (Character) - 1960
90% 73% The Mouse That Roared Grand Duchess Gloriana XII/Prime Minister Count Rupert Mountjoy/Tully Bascombe (Character) - 1959
83% 42% The Battle of the Sexes Mr. Martin (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 50% Man in a Cocked Hat Señor Amphibulos (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Carlton-Browne of the F.O. Señor Amphibulos (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 40% Up the Creek CPO Doherty (Character) - 1958
100% 62% Tom Thumb Antony (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 60% The Naked Truth Sonny MacGregor (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Orders Are Orders Pvt. Goffin (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 67% The Smallest Show on Earth Percy Quill, Bijou Projectionist (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Case of the Mukkinese Battle-Horn Unknown (Character) - 1956
100% 87% The Ladykillers Harry (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet John and Julie Police Constable Diamond (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 30% Down Among the Z Men Major Bloodnok (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Penny Points to Paradise The Major/Arnold Fringe (Character) - 1951

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sykes Unknown (Character) 1972

QUOTES FROM Peter Sellers CHARACTERS

Dr. Fritz Fassbender says: Is she prettier than you??? I'M prettier than you!

Dr. Fritz Fassbender says: Is she prettier than you? I'm prettier than you!

Miss Jessica Marbles says: Hello, where is everyone?

Insp. Sidney Wang says: Room filled with empty people

Clare Quilty says: Say, what you take it away for, mister? That was getting kind of smutty there! [laughs]

Clare Quilty says: Say, what you take it away for, mister? That was getting kind of smutty there!

Humbert Humbert says: Do you have any last words?

Clare Quilty says: Listen, Mac. You're drunk, and I'm a sick man. This pistol-packing farce is becoming a sort of nuisance.

Humbert Humbert says: Do you want to die standing up or sitting down?

Clare Quilty says: I wanna die like a champion.

Sir Guy Grand says: I want hot doggy!

Francois says: Do you know what kind of a bomb it was?

Inspector Jacques Clouseau says: The exploding kind...

Inspector Jacques Clouseau says: The exploding kind.

Francois says: Do you know what kind of a bomb it was?

Inspector Jacques Clouseau says: The exploding kind.

President Merkin Muffley says: Gentlemen! you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!

Dr. Strangelove says: Mein Fuhrer, I can walk

Dr. Strangelove says: Mein Fuhrer, I can walk.

Dr. Fu Manchu says: To Chinese henchman played by Burt Kwok. "You look familiar."

Dr. Fu Manchu says: [to Chinese henchman played by Burt Kwok] You look familiar.

President Merkin Muffley says: General Turgidson. it is the avowed policy of our nation never to strike first with nuclear weapons!

Gen. Buck Turgidson says: Well sir, I would say that General Ripper has already invalidated THAT policy!

Dr. Strangelove says: The whole point of the doomsday machine is lost... if you [President Muffley] keep it a secret! Why didn't you tell the world, eh?!

Dr. Pratt says: I was not always as you see me now.

Milo Perrier says: I don't like it. I don't like it one bit.

Sidney Wang says: I like it, but don't understand it.

Sidney Wang says: Did you see that?

Willie Wang says: No.

Sidney Wang says: Neither did I.

Hrundi V. Bakshi says: Birdie num-num!

Inspector Jacques Clouseau says: [Accusing a suspect, millionaire Benjamin Ballon] And I submit, Inspector Ballon, that you arrived home, found Miguel with Maria Gambrelli, and killed him in a rit of fealous jage!

President Merkin Muffley says: Gentlemen, you can't fight in here. This is a war room!

Dr. Strangelove says: Last line in film, Sellers getting up out of wheelchair " Mien Fuher, I can walk!"

Dr. Strangelove says: [last line in film, Sellers getting up out of wheelchair] Mien Fuher, I can walk!

Inspector Jacques Clouseau says: [having stepped on and broken the violin] Oh well, if you've seen one Stradivarius, you've seen them all.

Inspector Jacques Clouseau says: I believe everything and I believe nothing. I suspect everyone and I suspect no one.

President Merkin Muffley says: Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room

President Merkin Muffley says: Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room.

Col. Bat Guano says: Okay. I'm gonna get your money for ya. But if you don't get the President of the United States on that phone, you know what's gonna happen to you?

Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake says: What?

Col. Bat Guano says: You're gonna have to answer to the Coca-Cola company.

Inspector Jacques Clouseau says: Francois, would you call a doctor? I just cut off my thumb.

Inspector Jacques Clouseau says: Facts, Hercule! Facts! [lists off several facts all pointing to Maria's guilt] Now, from the facts we've seen what is the obvious conclusion?

Hercule Lajoy says: That Maria Gambrelli killed the gardener.

Inspector Jacques Clouseau says: You idiot!! She's not guilty!

Hercule Lajoy says: But what about the facts? They all say she's guilty!

Inspector Jacques Clouseau says: There's only one answer Hercule. She's protecting someone!

Inspector Jacques Clouseau says: [lecturing Hercule while gesturing with a stick, he is making a particularly important point and hits Hercule with the stick accidentally breaking it] You fool! You, you've broken my pointing stick!! Now I don't have anything to point with!!

Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake says: Mein Führer! I can walk!

Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake says: I can walk!

President Merkin Muffley says: Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room.

Dr. Strangelove says: Mein Führer! I can walk!

Dr. Strangelove says: Mein Fuhrer! I can walk!

President Merkin Muffley says: Hello?... Uh... Hello D- uh hello Dmitri? Listen uh uh I can't hear too well. Do you suppose you could turn the music down just a little?... Oh-ho, that's much better... yeah... huh... yes... Fine, I can hear you now, Dmitri... Clear and plain and coming through fine... I'm coming through fine, too, eh?... Good, then... well, then, as you say, we're both coming through fine... Good... Well, it's good that you're fine and... and I'm fine... I agree with you, it's great to be fine... a-ha-ha-ha-ha... Now then, Dmitri, you know how we've always talked about the possibility of something going wrong with the Bomb... The *Bomb*, Dmitri... The *hydrogen* bomb!... Well now, what happened is... ahm... one of our base commanders, he had a sort of... well, he went a little funny in the head... you know... just a little... funny. And, ah... he went and did a silly thing... Well, I'll tell you what he did. He ordered his planes... to attack your country... Ah... Well, let me finish, Dmitri... Let me finish, Dmitri... Well listen, how do you think I feel about it?... Can you *imagine* how I feel about it, Dmitri?... Why do you think I'm calling you? Just to say hello?... *Of course* I like to speak to you!... *Of course* I like to say hello!... Not now, but anytime, Dmitri. I'm just calling up to tell you something terrible has happened... It's a *friendly* call. Of course it's a friendly call... Listen, if it wasn't friendly... you probably wouldn't have even got it... They will *not* reach their targets for at least another hour... I am... I am positive, Dmitri... Listen, I've been all over this with your ambassador. It is not a trick... Well, I'll tell you. We'd like to give your air staff a complete run-down on the targets, the flight plans, and the defensive systems of the planes... Yes! I mean i-i-i-if we're unable to recall the planes, then... I'd say that, ah... well, ah... we're just gonna have to help you destroy them, Dmitri... I know they're our boys... All right, well listen now. Who should we call?... *Who* should we call, Dmitri? The... wha-whe, the People... you, sorry, you faded away there... The People's Central Air Defense Headquarters... Where is that, Dmitri?... In Omsk... Right... Yes... Oh, you'll call them first, will you?... Uh-huh... Listen, do you happen to have the phone number on you, Dmitri?... Whe-ah, what? I see, just ask for Omsk information... Ah-ah-eh-uhm-hm... I'm sorry, too, Dmitri... I'm very sorry... *All right*, you're sorrier than I am, but I am as sorry as well... I am as sorry as you are, Dmitri! Don't say that you're more sorry than I am, because I'm capable of being just as sorry as you are... So we're both sorry, all right?... All right.

President Merkin Muffley says: [to Kissoff] Hello?... Uh... Hello D- uh hello Dmitri? Listen uh uh I can't hear too well. Do you suppose you could turn the music down just a little?... Oh-ho, that's much better... yeah... huh... yes... Fine, I can hear you now, Dmitri... Clear and plain and coming through fine... I'm coming through fine, too, eh?... Good, then... well, then, as you say, we're both coming through fine... Good... Well, it's good that you're fine and... and I'm fine... I agree with you, it's great to be fine... a-ha-ha-ha-ha... Now then, Dmitri, you know how we've always talked about the possibility of something going wrong with the Bomb... The *Bomb*, Dmitri... The *hydrogen* bomb!... Well now, what happened is... ahm... one of our base commanders, he had a sort of... well, he went a little funny in the head... you know... just a little... funny. And, ah... he went and did a silly thing... Well, I'll tell you what he did. He ordered his planes... to attack your country... Ah... Well, let me finish, Dmitri... Let me finish, Dmitri... Well listen, how do you think I feel about it?... Can you *imagine* how I feel about it, Dmitri?... Why do you think I'm calling you? Just to say hello?... *Of course* I like to speak to you!... *Of course* I like to say hello!... Not now, but anytime, Dmitri. I'm just calling up to tell you something terrible has happened... It's a *friendly* call. Of course it's a friendly call... Listen, if it wasn't friendly... you probably wouldn't have even got it... They will *not* reach their targets for at least another hour... I am... I am positive, Dmitri... Listen, I've been all over this with your ambassador. It is not a trick... Well, I'll tell you. We'd like to give your air staff a complete run-down on the targets, the flight plans, and the defensive systems of the planes... Yes! I mean i-i-i-if we're unable to recall the planes, then... I'd say that, ah... well, ah... we're just gonna have to help you destroy them, Dmitri... I know they're our boys... All right, well listen now. Who should we call?... *Who* should we call, Dmitri? The... wha-whe, the People... you, sorry, you faded away there... The People's Central Air Defense Headquarters... Where is that, Dmitri?... In Omsk... Right... Yes... Oh, you'll call them first, will you?... Uh-huh... Listen, do you happen to have the phone number on you, Dmitri?... Whe-ah, what? I see, just ask for Omsk information... Ah-ah-eh-uhm-hm... I'm sorry, too, Dmitri... I'm very sorry... *All right*, you're sorrier than I am, but I am as sorry as well... I am as sorry as you are, Dmitri! Don't say that you're more sorry than I am, because I'm capable of being just as sorry as you are... So we're both sorry, all right?... All right.

Dr. Strangelove says: Based on the findings of the report, my conclusion was that this idea was not a practical deterrent for reasons which at this moment must be all too obvious.

Dr. Strangelove says: Based on the findings of the report, my conclusion was that this idea was not a practical deterrent for reasons which at this moment must be all too obvious. [last lines]

Dr. Strangelove says: It would not be difficult, Mein Führer. Nuclear reactors could - heh, I'm sorry, Mr. President - nuclear reactors could provide power almost indefinitely.

Dr. Strangelove says: It would not be difficult, Mein Fuhrer. Nuclear reactors could. I'm sorry, Mr. President... nuclear reactors could provide power almost indefinitely.

Dr. Strangelove says: Mr. President, it is not only possible, it is essential. That is the whole idea of this machine, you know. Deterrence is the art of producing in the mind of the enemy... the FEAR to attack. And so, because of the automated and irrevocable decision-making process which rules out human meddling, the Doomsday machine is terrifying and simple to understand... and completely credible and convincing.

Dr. Strangelove says: Of course, the whole point of a Doomsday Machine is lost, if you *keep* it a *secret*! Why didn't you tell the world, EH?

Dr. Strangelove says: Of course, the whole point of a Doomsday Machine is lost, if you *keep* it a *secret*! Why didn't you tell the world, eh?

Harold says: There must be something beautiful out there somewhere.

Inspector Jacques Clouseau says: Does your dog bite?

Chance the Gardener says: I like to watch.

President Merkin Muffley says: Gentlemen! you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!

President Merkin Muffley says: Yes, I can hear you know Dmitri. Clear and plain and coming through fine. I'm coming through fine too, eh? Well then, as you say, we're both coming through fine. Good. Well, it's good that your fine, and that I'm fine. Oh, I agree with you, it's great to be fine. (laughs)

Dr. Strangelove says: My Fuher, I can walk!!