Peter Sellers

Highest Rated: 100% tom thumb (1958)
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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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet 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
25% Trail of the Pink Panther Inspector Jacques Clouseau 1982
20% The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu Dennis Nayland Smith/Dr. Fu 'Fred' Manchu 1980
96% 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
83% The Pink Panther Strikes Again Chief Insp. Jacques Clouseau 1976
65% 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
No Score Yet A Day at the Beach Actor 1970
14% I Love You, Alice B. Toklas Harold 1968
81% 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
99% 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
95% 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
83% 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
No Score Yet 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 Penny Points to Paradise The Major/Arnold P'Fringe 1951
No Score Yet Let's Go Crazy Actor Screenwriter 1951

TV

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

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