Peter Sellers

Peter Sellers

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Ghost of Peter Sellers (2018)
  • Lowest Rated: 14% I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (1968)
  • Birthday: Sep 8, 1925
  • Birthplace: Southsea, Hampshire, England, UK
  • One of the greatest comic talents of his generation, Peter Sellers had an exceptional gift for losing himself in a character -- so much so that, beyond his remarkable skill as a performer and his fondness for the humor of the absurd, it's difficult to draw a connection between many of his best performances. While his fondness for playing multiple roles in the same film may have seemed like a stunt coming from many other actors, Sellers had the ability to make each character he played seem distinct and different, and while he was known and loved as a funnyman, only in a handful of roles was he able to explore the full range of his gifts, which suggested he could have had just as strong a career as a dramatic actor.Born Richard Henry Sellers on September 8, 1925, Sellers was nicknamed "Peter" by his parents, Bill and Agnes Sellers, in memory of his brother, who was a stillbirth. Bill and Agnes made their living as performers on the British vaudeville circuit, and Sellers made his first appearance on-stage only two days after his birth, when his father brought out his infant son during an encore. As a child, Sellers studied dance at the behest of his parents when not occupied with his studies at St. Aloysius' Boarding and Day School for Boys. Sellers also developed a knack for music, and in his teens began playing drums with local dance bands. Shortly after his 18th birthday, Sellers joined the Royal Air Force, and became part of a troupe of entertainers who performed at RAF camps both in England and abroad. During his time in the service, Sellers met fellow comedians Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe, and Michael Bentine; after the war, they found work as performers with the British Broadcasting Corporation, and Sellers hoped to follow suit. After several failed auditions, Sellers struck upon the idea of calling Roy Speer, a BBC producer, posing as one of the network's top actors. Sellers gave Sellers an enthusiastic recommendation, and Speer gave him a spot on the radio series Show Time.After he signed on with the BBC, Sellers became reacquainted with Milligan, Secombe, and Bentine, and together they comprised the cast of The Goon Show, which upon its debut in 1949 became one of Great Britain's most popular radio shows; the absurd and often surreal humor of the Goons would prove to be the first glimmer of the British Comedy Movement of the '60s and '70s, paving the way for Beyond the Fringe and Monty Python's Flying Circus. The Goon Show provided Sellers with his entry into film acting, as he appeared in several short comedies alongside Milligan and Secombe, as well as the feature film Down Among the Z Men (aka The Goon Movie). Sellers also married for the first time during the height of Goon-mania, wedding Anne Howe in the fall of 1951. Sellers won his first significant non-Goon screen role in 1955, with the classic Alec Guinness comedy The Ladykillers, but his first international hit would have to wait until 1958, when he appeared in George Pal's big-budget musical Tom Thumb. In 1959, Sellers appeared in the satiric comedy I'm All Right, Jack, which earned him Best Actor honors from the British Film Academy; the same year, Sellers enjoyed a major international success with The Mouse That Roared, in which he played three different roles (one of them a woman). While a bona-fide international comedy star, Sellers had a hard time finding roles that made the most of his talents, and it wasn't until after a handful of unremarkable features that he received a pair of roles that allowed him to truly shine. In 1961, Sellers starred as an Indian physician in The Millionairess opposite Sophia Loren, based on a play by George Bernard Shaw (Sellers and Loren would also record a comic song together, "Goodness Gracious Me," which was a hit single in Britain), and a year later Stanley Kubrick cast him as Claire Quilty in his controversial adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's novel Lolita.1964 would prove to be a very big year for Peter Sellers; he w

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

100% The Ghost of Peter Sellers Actor 2018
No Score Yet Orders Are Orders Actor 2013
No Score Yet Mozart: Zaide Director 2008
No Score Yet Legends of British Comedy Actor 2007
No Score Yet The Unknown Peter Sellers Actor 2000
23% Trail of the Pink Panther Inspector Jacques Clouseau 1982
18% The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu Dennis Nayland Smith/Dr. Fu 'Fred' Manchu 1980
94% Being There Chance 1979
No Score Yet The Prisoner of Zenda Prince Rudolph/Sydney Frewin/old king 1979
78% The Revenge of the Pink Panther Chief Insp. Jacques Clouseau 1978
No Score Yet To See Such Fun Actor 1977
79% The Pink Panther Strikes Again Chief Insp. Jacques Clouseau 1976
67% Murder by Death Insp. Sidney Wang 1976
No Score Yet America at the Movies Actor 1976
89% The Return of the Pink Panther Inspector Clouseau 1975
No Score Yet The Great McGonagall Queen Victoria 1975
No Score Yet Soft Beds, Hard Battles (Party for Hitler) (Undercovers Hero) Schroder Princ Maj. Robinson Gen. Latour Adolf Hitler 1975
No Score Yet The Block House Actor 1974
No Score Yet Ghost in the Noonday Sun Dick Scratcher 1974
86% The Optimists Sam 1973
No Score Yet The Blockhouse Roquet 1973
No Score Yet Where Does It Hurt? Albert T. Hopfnagel 1972
No Score Yet Alice's Adventures in Wonderland March Hare 1972
No Score Yet The World of Peter Sellers Actor 1971
56% The Magic Christian Sir Guy Grand 1970
No Score Yet Hoffman Benjamin Hoffman 1970
No Score Yet There's a Girl in My Soup Robert Danvers 1970
14% I Love You, Alice B. Toklas Harold 1968
82% The Party Hrundi V. Bakshi 1968
No Score Yet The Bobo Juan Bautista 1967
No Score Yet Woman Times Seven Jean 1967
26% Casino Royale Evelyn Tremble 1967
88% The Wrong Box Dr. Pratt 1966
75% After the Fox (Caccia alla volpe) Aldo Vanucci 1966
No Score Yet Alice In Wonderland King of Hearts 1966
29% What's New, Pussycat? Dr. Fritz Fassbender 1965
No Score Yet Carol for Another Christmas Imperial Me 1964
93% A Shot in the Dark Jacques Clouseau 1964
90% The World of Henry Orient Henry Orient 1964
98% Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Group Captain Lionel Mandrake / President Merkin Muffley / D 1964
No Score Yet Never Let Go Actor 1963
No Score Yet The Wrong Arm of the Law Pearly Gate/"M. Jules" 1963
90% The Pink Panther Insp. Clouseau 1963
No Score Yet Heavens Above! Rev. John Smallwood 1963
No Score Yet The Dock Brief Morgenhall 1962
No Score Yet Waltz of the Toreadors (The Amorous General) Gen. Leo Fitzjohn 1962
No Score Yet The Case of the Mukkinese Battle-Horn Actor 1962
93% Lolita Clare Quilty 1962
No Score Yet The Road to Hong Kong Guest Star 1962
No Score Yet Only Two Can Play John Lewis 1962
No Score Yet Two Way Stretch Dodger Lane 1960
No Score Yet The Millionairess Dr. Ahmed el Kabir/Parerga 1960
No Score Yet Carlton-Browne of the F.O. (Man in a Cocked Hat) The Prime Minister 1960
86% I'm All Right Jack Sir John Kennaway Fred Kite 1960
No Score Yet The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film Director Photographer 1960
No Score Yet Never Let Go Lionel Meadows 1960
80% The Battle of the Sexes Mr. Martin 1959
89% The Mouse That Roared Tully Bascombe, Grand Duchess Gloriana XII, Prime Minis 1959
No Score Yet Carlton Browne of the F.O. Actor 1959
100% Tom Thumb Antony 1958
No Score Yet Up the Creek Chief Petty Officer Doherty 1958
No Score Yet The Smallest Show on Earth Percy Quill 1957
No Score Yet The Naked Truth Sonny MacGregor 1957
100% The Man Who Never Was Voice of Winston Churchill 1956
No Score Yet Case of the Mukkinese Battle Horn Actor 1956
100% The Ladykillers Harry Robinson 1955
No Score Yet John and Julie Police Constable Diamond 1955
No Score Yet Down Among the Z Men (Stand Easy) (The Goon Show Movie) Maj. Bloodnock 1952
No Score Yet Let's Go Crazy Actor Screenwriter 1951
No Score Yet Penny Points to Paradise The Major/Arnold P'Fringe 1951

TV

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Title

Credit

Year

100% The Muppet Show
1976-1981
Guest
  • 1978
No Score Yet It Takes a Thief
1968-1970
Cameo
  • 1969

QUOTES FROM Peter Sellers CHARACTERS

Dr. Fritz Fassbender
Is she prettier than you??? I'M prettier than you!
Dr. Fritz Fassbender
Is she prettier than you? I'm prettier than you!
Miss Jessica Marbles
Hello, where is everyone?
Insp. Sidney Wang
Room filled with empty people
Clare Quilty
Say, what you take it away for, mister? That was getting kind of smutty there! [laughs]
Clare Quilty
Say, what you take it away for, mister? That was getting kind of smutty there!
Humbert Humbert
Do you have any last words?
Clare Quilty
Listen, Mac. You're drunk, and I'm a sick man. This pistol-packing farce is becoming a sort of nuisance.
Humbert Humbert
Do you want to die standing up or sitting down?
Clare Quilty
I wanna die like a champion.
Sir Guy Grand
I want hot doggy!
Francois
Do you know what kind of a bomb it was?
Inspector Jacques Clouseau
The exploding kind...
Inspector Jacques Clouseau
The exploding kind.
Francois
Do you know what kind of a bomb it was?
Inspector Jacques Clouseau
The exploding kind.
President Merkin Muffley
Gentlemen! you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!
Dr. Strangelove
Mein Fuhrer, I can walk
Dr. Strangelove
Mein Fuhrer, I can walk.
Dr. Fu Manchu
To Chinese henchman played by Burt Kwok. "You look familiar."
Dr. Fu Manchu
[to Chinese henchman played by Burt Kwok] You look familiar.
President Merkin Muffley
General Turgidson. it is the avowed policy of our nation never to strike first with nuclear weapons!
Gen. Buck Turgidson
Well sir, I would say that General Ripper has already invalidated THAT policy!
Dr. Strangelove
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
I was not always as you see me now.
Milo Perrier
I don't like it. I don't like it one bit.
Sidney Wang
I like it, but don't understand it.
Sidney Wang
Did you see that?
Willie Wang
No.
Sidney Wang
Neither did I.
Hrundi V. Bakshi
Birdie num-num!
Inspector Jacques Clouseau
[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
Gentlemen, you can't fight in here. This is a war room!
Dr. Strangelove
Last line in film, Sellers getting up out of wheelchair " Mien Fuher, I can walk!"
Dr. Strangelove
[last line in film, Sellers getting up out of wheelchair] Mien Fuher, I can walk!
Inspector Jacques Clouseau
[having stepped on and broken the violin] Oh well, if you've seen one Stradivarius, you've seen them all.
Inspector Jacques Clouseau
I believe everything and I believe nothing. I suspect everyone and I suspect no one.
President Merkin Muffley
Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room
President Merkin Muffley
Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room.
Col. Bat Guano
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
What?
Col. Bat Guano
You're gonna have to answer to the Coca-Cola company.
Inspector Jacques Clouseau
Francois, would you call a doctor? I just cut off my thumb.
Inspector Jacques Clouseau
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
That Maria Gambrelli killed the gardener.
Inspector Jacques Clouseau
You idiot!! She's not guilty!
Hercule Lajoy
But what about the facts? They all say she's guilty!
Inspector Jacques Clouseau
There's only one answer Hercule. She's protecting someone!
Inspector Jacques Clouseau
[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
Mein Führer! I can walk!
Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake
I can walk!
President Merkin Muffley
Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room.
Dr. Strangelove
Mein Führer! I can walk!
Dr. Strangelove
Mein Fuhrer! I can walk!
President Merkin Muffley
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
[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
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
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
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
It would not be difficult, Mein Fuhrer. Nuclear reactors could. I'm sorry, Mr. President... nuclear reactors could provide power almost indefinitely.
Dr. Strangelove
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
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
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
There must be something beautiful out there somewhere.
Inspector Jacques Clouseau
Does your dog bite?
Chance the Gardener
I like to watch.
President Merkin Muffley
Gentlemen! you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!
President Merkin Muffley
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
My Fuher, I can walk!!